Connect with us

ARTICLES

“The captain is struggling”- Tottenham star Harry Kane told to rest himself for England sometimes

Published

on

Paul Merson tells Tottenham star Harry Kane to rest himself for England sometimes

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is England’s captain at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is understandable that he would have the hunger to win it again.

But the urge to play in every single match his team plays could cost both him and the national team in the long run. That is the view of Arsenal legend Paul Merson, who has told Kane to consider resting himself at times. He wrote on Daily Star:

“Sometimes you become a better player when you’re not in the team and that would have been the case against the USA or Wales. All of a sudden there are calls for Callum Wilson to start because he looks sharp off the bench.”

“Wilson is a good player but he is nowhere near the level of Kane, it’s just because the captain is struggling.”

Kane has started for the Three Lions in all of their games in the World Cup so far. Whatsmore, he has featured in every single match that Tottenham Hotspur have played this season.

Kane pushing himself too hard?

Merson, in this regard, is correct. While at Spurs he may not have the luxury of being benched due to the lack of quality options that can replace him without a drop in quality, but he can perhaps do this at the international level.

England’s national team have more depth than any club that plays in the Premier League. This goes without saying considering they are a country that don’t have to guarantee playing time to keep their best players committed to the cause.

Harry Kane has started in all three of England's 2022 FIFA World Cup games so far. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Harry Kane has started in all three of England’s 2022 FIFA World Cup games so far. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

The Three Lions could have started with Callum Wilson in one of the three group-stage games, especially against the United States of America or Wales. England drew the former and won the latter.

The point about Kane lacking sharpness, though, is a bit odd. The 29-year-old has been brilliant at creating chances for his teammates and has three assists so far this tournament. Wilson is good, but as Merson noted, he is no Harry Kane and it is in the nation’s best interest to keep him in the role for which he was brought to Qatar – as a backup.

More Tottenham Hotspur News:

The chance to follow Merson’s advice has now gone with a last-16 clash against Senegal around the corner. There are possibly four knockout games left for England in Qatar and one can bet their bottom dollar that as long as Kane is fit, manager Gareth Southgate will stick him up top.

Spurs Transfer News

Piero Hincapie of Ecuador linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. Piero Hincapie of Ecuador linked with a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.
Club5 hours ago

Tottenham looking to sign Piero Hincapie in a Pape Sarr-type deal

Tottenham Hotspur want to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie in a Pape Sarr-type deal Tottenham Hotspur are seemingly keen to...

Jude Soonsup-Bell of Chelsea FC controls the ball. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images ) Jude Soonsup-Bell of Chelsea FC controls the ball. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images )
Club5 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur agree deal to sign young Chelsea striker

Tottenham Hotspur agree deal to sign young Chelsea striker Jude Soonsup-Bell Tottenham Hotspur have apparently agreed on a deal to...

Tottenham Hotspur 'really close' to sealing transfer for Sporting CP full-back and Spain international Pedro Porro. Tottenham Hotspur 'really close' to sealing transfer for Sporting CP full-back and Spain international Pedro Porro.
Club1 day ago

“Here we go!”- Fabrizio Romano confirms Pedro Porro’s move to Tottenham

Fabrizio Romano confirms Pedro Porro is set for Tottenham Hotspur transfer Fabrizio Romano has given the long-awaited ‘Here we go!’...

Djed Spence 'expected' to leave Tottenham Hotspur on loan ahead of January transfer window deadline day. Djed Spence 'expected' to leave Tottenham Hotspur on loan ahead of January transfer window deadline day.
Club2 days ago

Tottenham summer addition expected to make January loan exit on deadline day

Djed Spence ‘expected’ to leave Tottenham Hotspur on loan ahead of January transfer window deadline day Tottenham Hotspur star Djed...

Arsenal 'joined' by Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of Montpellier striker Elye Wahi. Arsenal 'joined' by Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of Montpellier striker Elye Wahi.
Club2 days ago

Transfer News: Arsenal battle Tottenham for Ligue 1 star Elye Wahi

Arsenal ‘joined’ by Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of Montpellier striker Elye Wahi Tottenham Hotspur have ‘joined’ bitter rivals Arsenal in...

Pape Matar Sarr of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 15, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) Pape Matar Sarr of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Thomas Partey of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 15, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
ARTICLES2 days ago

Transfer News: Tottenham’s stance on Pape Matar Sarr’s future this season

Spurs Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur don’t want to loan Espanyol target Pape Matar Sarr Tottenham Hotspur look set to keep...

Emi Buendia of Aston Villa and Bryan Gil of Tottenham Hotspur during a Premier League match. Emi Buendia of Aston Villa and Bryan Gil of Tottenham Hotspur during a Premier League match.
ARTICLES2 days ago

“Nothing has changed”- Tottenham coach gives update on Bryan Gil’s future amid Sevilla interest

Tottenham Hotspur coach Cristian Stellini gives update on Bryan Gil’s future amid Sevilla interest Three weeks ago, Tottenham Hotspur assistant...

Alastair Gold says Antonio Conte would like to sign Weston McKennie for Tottenham. Alastair Gold says Antonio Conte would like to sign Weston McKennie for Tottenham.
ARTICLES2 days ago

PL club ‘convinced’ they lead Arsenal and Tottenham in race for USA international

Leeds ‘convinced’ they will beat Tottenham Hotspur in race for Juventus star Weston McKennie Leeds United are ‘convinced’ they are...

Newcastle United tipped to sign Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Newcastle United tipped to sign Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
ARTICLES3 days ago

“Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in black and white”- PL rivals urged to move for Tottenham Hotspur’s star duo

Newcastle United tipped to sign Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min Speaking on No Tippy Tappy Football, from William...

Pedro Porro could be an upgrade on Tottenham Hotspur's right-back options from the get-go. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images) Pedro Porro could be an upgrade on Tottenham Hotspur's right-back options from the get-go. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
ARTICLES3 days ago

“All parties confident”- Romano delivers Pedro Porro transfer update that will please Tottenham fans

Fabrizio Romano says Pedro Porro will sign contract until 2028 at Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur seem closer than ever to...