Despite Antonio Conte claiming Harry Kane is tired, former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney has insisted that this is not the case.

Kane has now started 21 consecutive games for Spurs and was a surprise starter for the Carabao Cup game against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night. Many suspected Antonio Conte would rest his star striker, but Kane played roughly an hour before being replaced by Bryan Gil.

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Injury worries throughout the squad forced Conte’s hand and meant Kane had to start the game, but his performance suggested he wasn’t quite at his best, fitness-wise.

The fact Kane was substituted in that defeat led to some questions about his fitness, and Conte explained in his post-match press conference that the 29-year-old was taken off due to ‘a problem of tiredness’ and that the player was suffering from ‘only fatigue’ (Football.London).

Kane now has 12 goals in 21 games this season for Spurs (Transfermarkt) and has one more game to go before heading off to Qatar for the World Cup with England, so plenty of people will be hoping he recovers and is back to full energy levels soon.

According to Wayne Rooney, speaking to talkSPORT (9:13 am, November 11, 2022), we shouldn’t be worried about Kane’s fitness levels.

Rooney said: “Harry will be fine. Conte has obviously got his own reasons for saying Harry looks tired. If he was that tired, he wouldn’t have played him, he wouldn’t have started in the last game. Harry will be fine.”

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I get what Rooney is saying, but I have to say Harry Kane certainly looked pretty tired on Wednesday night. Either that, or his heart wasn’t in the game, which we know is not true of such a model professional. Kane has been relentless for both club and country for such a long time now, and it’s only natural that he will suffer from fatigue.

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