Former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has dismissed claims in the media that Harry Kane is no longer untouchable for England.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker was relatively quiet by his own standards during the Three Lions Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at the weekend, although his role in Raheem Sterling’s goal when he made a clever run to make space for his team-mate has been largely understated.
Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher claimed in his column for the The Telegraph that Kane looked exhausted during the encounter at Wembley and had a limited impact.
Gareth Southgate made the decision to bring off his captain in the 82nd minute following a collision at the back post, but did return to training yesterday.
De Jong labelled the rumours as strange and believes that if Kane scores against Scotland on Friday, he’ll be flavour of the month once again.
He told ITV during his punditry appearance (15/6/21 -17:00): “It’s so strange to see the rumours about Kane being droppable.
“I mean, if he scores two against Scotland he’ll be the national hero.”
It is refeshing to see the likes of De Jong and Gary Neville come out and defend Kane in what has been a bizarre opinion by Carragher, who really should know better after watching Kane week in, week out last season.
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