Harry Kane has underperformed at Euro 2020 thus far and has been told he needs to ‘turn up’ if England are to have any chance of winning the competition.
England’s captain has looked a shadow of the player we know he can be.
His two lacklustre performances against Croatia and Scotland respectively have seen him twice taken off before the end of play which is undoubtedly worrying for England fans.
And now, Manchester United legend turned football pundit, Roy Keane, has had his say on Kane’s poor performances: “He doesn’t look up to speed,” he said, whilst on air on ITV last night. “He’s on his heels all the time and if England really want to compete in this competition, you need your star men to perform.”
Keane compared Kane to some of the world’s best stars who have already made their mark on the tournament and said that he needs to start performing in the way that they have.
“We’ve seen Lukaku turn up, De Bruyne, Ronaldo, they need Kane at his best,” he added. “I’m glad Gareth took him off – there’s talk about him being undroppable, he’s the main man, if he’s not performing, get him off. Rashford gave them a little bit more energy, but still not enough.”
But as much as Keane blamed Kane for his poor start, he also suggested that the uncertainty around the 27-year-old’s future could be putting him off his game.
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The striker wants to end his 16-year association with Tottenham this summer but Spurs are unwilling to let their star player go, and would rather sell players in other positions in order to raise money for potential incomings, as football.london understands.
“Before the competition, there was all the talk of him might be leaving Spurs and maybe he’s been distracted by that because that can be an energy zapper, if you thinking you’re moving clubs or if you’re in talks with other clubs, that’s not helpful.”
Kane will be hoping he can properly get his tournament underway in England’s huge clash against group D leaders Czech Republic on Tuesday, June 22.