David Seaman has said that Harry Kane’s frustration at not getting on the scoresheet was visible in the way he struck the ball to net his first goal of the World Cup against Senegal.

Even though Kane was sitting at the top of the assist charts with three to his name after the group stages, there was pressure mounting on the England captain, with some pundits criticising his tendency to drop deep (The Sun).

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So, the 29-year-old certainly needed a goal to get the critics off his back and it came at a crucial time in the clash against Senegal as he netted England’s second just before half-time to deflate the African side, who had given a good account of themselves in the first half.

Seamen admitted that he was delighted to see the Three Lions skipper get off the mark in front of goal and opined that the striker took out his frustration with the way he smashed the ball past Edouard Mendy.

The former Arsenal and England number one said on the Seaman Says podcast on Spotify: “It was brilliant to see Harry scoring.

“You could see the frustration in his finish. Sometimes he’ll place it or sidefoot it, but he absolutely smashed it past Mendy and there was a lot of frustration went into that strike.”

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As well as Kane was playing, there was no doubt that he needed that goal desperately as the fact that he had not scored in the group stages would have been playing on his head. Now that the monkey is off his back, the 29-year-old can play freely and with more confidence against France, which is why I fully back him to take any chances that come his way.

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