Gary Lineker pulls no punches with his opinion on Harry Kane

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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker has called for Harry Kane to start Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool if he is fully fit.

Kane suffered a significant ankle injury during the quarter final first leg victory against Manchester City in a heavy challenge with Fabian Delph which left the forward on the floor next to the pitch clutching his left leg.

He had to be helped to the dressing room by the Spurs medical staff with some fans fearing that they would not see the 25-year-old in action again this season. However, Tottenham’s progression to the final in Madrid has given Kane the potential opportunity to play in the biggest match in European club football.

Lineker who helped Spurs to lift the FA Cup in 1991 took to Twitter to voice his support of Kane lining up in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.


While some may view Kane starting the match as a risk, this match is the biggest in the club’s history and we have to do everything in our power to win it.  While some have stated that he should come off the bench for the final 30 minutes, that would rely on us still being in the tie at this stage.

We agree with Lineker, Kane should start and help guide Spurs to glory.

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  1. Only one problem… I’d love to be corrected, but I can’t recall an instance when Kane has come back from a two-month layoff at anything approaching his functioning best. What is “fit” in Kane’s case? He can’t possibly be match fit and this is not the match to attempt to play himself back in. Granted his basic skills and, above all, passion, would be worth having on the field at some stage — the question is for how long. The starting team that has brought Spurs this far in the competition deserves on merit to carry on until they demonstrate they need Kane, possibly at half time, possibly before that. If Kane starts and breaks down it would be a disaster for morale beyond recovery.

    • Wow Gabonza you haven’t left anything for me to say as you put it perfectly. We all love Harry and we would love to have a fully match fit Kane. Its with a heavy heart that we all wrire that he shouldn’t start for his own good as well but he shouldn’t.

  2. Kane to start if fit, and that makes sense as Moura is always better in the 2nd half of big games.
    I can see Kane starting, giving his all and then giving way to Moura or Son early in the 2nd half.
    Of course, who knows how the game will pan out, but all three deserve their chance to make an impact on
    the game.
    As for Tripps, the England snub will hopefully give him the impetus to show what Southgate has
    missed by choosing Trent Alexander over him. The nerves are kicking in, but remember, Spurs ..
    this ain’t Anfield, and we can perform well anywhere! If Liverpool play their best, or are allowed
    to by us, then they’ll probably win, but I feel we can make their game stutter in Madrid, and get over
    the line.

    • I’d love to see our captain walk us out to do battle in our first Champions League finals match. The only problem i can’t get out of my head is that this match will be so fast paced especially in the first half, probably even faster paced than a normal Tottenham vs Liverpool matc. Harry could not be up to dealing with that as he couldn’t be match fit. He would be better of coming on second half when all players will not be as fresh to a massive cheer and doing what needs done, this is just my opinion in whats best for the team as a whole.

  3. Prior to his last return from injury, I think we had won 4 on the trot. HK automatically came back in, did score but we lost the game as we did not play as a team. It looked as if the players were not happy with his automatic selection even though they were travelling well without him. He needs to earn his spot back or help the team recover / push through in the second half if and when needed.

  4. Harry loves Spurs and has never pushed for a move away, despite being the best number 9 in the world. Nothing would make him prouder than standing to the champions league music about to play the final for Spurs. We should never take that from him. Harrys return from injury coincided with Winks going out injured and much has been made of our drop in form when Harry returned, but I think more has to do with Eriksen dropping in form and our midfields being makeshift in that time.

    Liverpool like to play a high line, but Son tends to give them problems in doing so, as would Lucas. We can’t let Liverpool push too high up the pitch. Im so glad we have Lamela back, between Harry, Dele, Eriksen, Lamela, Lucas, Son and Fernando we have so many attacking options. COYS


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