England kicked off their 2022 World Cup campaign in style with a comprehensive 6-2 win over Iran in their opening group game, and here’s what people are saying about Harry Kane’s performance.

Kane captains his country at a third major tournament in Qatar, and will likely lead the line in every game for the Three Lions. The 29-year-old is also chasing down Wayne Rooney’s record as England’s all-time leading goalscorer, needing just two goals to draw level on 53 goals.

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Despite England’s ruthless nature against Iran, Kane didn’t manage to get himself on the scoresheet. Goals from Jude Bellingham, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jack Grealish, and a Bukayo Saka double secured England all three points.

Kane did manage to get himself two assists though, and put in a fine performance before being replaced by Callum Wilson after 76 minutes. Here’s what an array of publications have said about Kane’s display.

The Evening Standard (8): “England’s captain and striker made a key pass in the eighth minute for Maguire but got his assist to cross for Sterling’s goal. Their partnership is something comparable to the one he has with Heung-min Son for Tottenham. His brilliant first touch and through ball led to Rashford’s goal from the bench.”

Football.London (7): “It’s not often your striker fails to score when you have five goals and he comes away from the game happy. The skipper was brilliant in his build-up play and grabbed two assists for Sterling and Rashford. Was substituted off to rest his legs ahead of USA on Friday, in which will be a test for England.”

Express (7): “Superb cross from the first goal and set up fifth but a strangely quiet one for the England captain.”

Telegraph (8): “Will perhaps be a little frustrated that he did not get on the scoresheet, but Harry Kane set up Sterling’s goal and also sent substitute Marcus Rashford through to score.”

Sky Sports (7): “Played a vital role in England’s third goal, winning the ball from Pickford’s long kick before providing the assist. Recovered from a hair-raising challenge early in the second half to lay the ball off brilliantly for a Sterling break.”

Spurs Web Opinion

A quiet game in front of goal for Harry Kane and it’s a shame he couldn’t grab one himself, but two wonderful assists and a calm, composed performance from the England captain give us hope that a strong tournament lies ahead for both Kane and the team as a whole.

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