Graeme Souness feels Harry Kane must not have risked his injury against Iran
Kane was seen with his ankle heavily strapped after the game and had to undergo scans ahead of the game against the USA last night. However, the Tottenham Hotspur man emerged fit for the clash and played the full ninety minutes.
Souness called it ‘selfish’ on Kane’s part to risk an injury and play on for 27 minutes against Iran before he was hooked off in favour of Callum Wilson. An aggravation could have meant that the World Cup was over for the Spurs striker.
Souness claimed that he thinks that it was Kane’s desire to surpass Wayne Rooney as the England top-scorer that made him play on despite the injury and he feels that must not be the attitude of the player.
Ultimately, it all worked out well for Kane who managed to play the entirety of the ninety minutes last night. However, just like the entire England team, the Tottenham man was pretty underwhelming against the Americans.
Speaking about Kane and his decision to play on with an injury, he is what Souness had to say about the player.
“My view is that Harry Kane was selfish against Iran on Monday – staying on the field for 27 minutes after suffering an ankle injury, even though England were 3-0 up”
“Gareth Southgate needed to protect Kane from himself there but failed to do so. Kane has historical issues with his ankles and the injury was serious enough for him to need a scan but he needlessly played on”
Two games into the World Cup and Harry Kane is yet to get off the mark for England. Whilst it was not a problem against Iran where the Three Lions emerged 6-2 winners, it haunted them last night against the USA.
Kane had 0 shots on target and just one shot overall in the game. He kept dropping deep to try and influence the game as shown by his 40 touches of the ball but it was a game where the Spurs man really struggled.
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Kane will be hoping to break the World Cup duck in England’s final group game against Wales and it is necessary for England to have the Spurs man fit and firing for the knockout stages, provided they do qualify for the next round.