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Tottenham's Kane starts Champions League final

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will start the Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid, with Lucas Moura the unlucky man dropping to the bench.

Kane declared himself fit for the match after seven weeks out, leaving manager Mauricio Pochettino to decide whether to alter the Spurs' lineup that dramatically beat Ajax in the semifinals.

And Pochettino has opted to include the England captain, the club's leading scorer this season, which means Moura, who scored a hat trick against Ajax in the semifinal second leg, has to settle for a place on the bench.

Kane, who has made a full recovery from an ankle ligament injury, is joined in the XI by Harry Winks. Neither player has played since the 1-0 Champions League win against Manchester City on April 9.

"We haven't had this situation this season [having everyone fit]," Pochettino told BT Sport ahead of the game.

"Sometimes this [squad selection] looks fair or unfair. We have a team to start, how it's going to finish I don't know.

"We could play 90 minutes or 120 minutes and of course we have amazing impact players like Lucas, like Fernando [Llorente], but it is not possible to put all, we can't start with 16, 17 players."

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Speaking on Friday, Pochettino had refused to be drawn on whether Kane would start or play a role off the bench and said he would not take a decision until after training.

"It's difficult to put yourself in my place," he said. "It's not going to be easy to take a decision and every game you need to take a decision.

"You can use only 11 players from the beginning -- that is the most painful situation. The whole squad will be on the pitch before the game tomorrow.

"Tomorrow is to show togetherness. Tomorrow will show football is a collective sport, the energy even from the players who do not play in the dressing room will be decisive."

As expected, Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino starts for Liverpool after coming back from a groin injury, with Divock Origi, who scored twice in the 4-0 semi-final, second-leg win over Barcelona on the bench.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko; Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen; Son Heung-min, Harry Kane.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.