Gareth Southgate has claimed that Harry Kane deserves more protection from the international referees as the striker gets kicked from pillar to post by opposition defenders.
Kane has been in the spotlight for the past week after the controversial penalty call against Brighton by referee Graham Scott, where Adam Lallana appeared to bundle into the Spurs man.
Jose Mourinho leapt to the striker’s defence, insisting that it was a clear foul by Lallana and that the media is ‘confused’ when talking about Kane instead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City players, who are guilty of going down easily (Football.London).
When the question was posed to Southgate in his press conference, he suggested that Kane was often targeted by opposition defenders and does not get any protection from the referees.
The England boss said (as relayed by FourFourTwo): “All I’ve seen in our matches with Harry is Harry get kicked from pillar to post and not really protected on the field, so I can only speak about the games with us through the World Cup and beyond the World Cup,” the Three Lions manager said.
“Every time we play he seems to be a target for opposition defenders and opposition players seem to get away with a hell of a lot against him.
“So, I would welcome a bit more protection for Harry in terms of how that looks like during the games, frankly.”
Have something to tell us about this article?