Luke Shaw has admitted after his assist for Harry Kane’s goal in England’s win against Albania that he knew the Tottenham man would get on the end of his cross if he put the ball into a good area.
As expected, Kane returned to the starting line up on Sunday after being rested by Gareth Southgate for the win over San Marino.
The England boss revealed that the striker was chomping at the bits to get on at half-time against San Marino in order to add to his goal tally.
That is certainly understandable as Kane had gone six games without finding the back of the net for the Three Lions, the longest goal drought in his international career so far.
However, the Tottenham striker ended that run on Sunday as he showed terrific awareness to get ahead of the defender and guide the ball into the far corner after Shaw played in a floated ball to a dangerous area.
Kane had largely been a passenger in the first-half but he demonstrated yet again that he only needs half a chance to make a big impact.
When Shaw was asked about his assist, he told ITV (during their live coverage on 28/3/21): “I think when you are playing with Harry Kane then he’s going to be in the box.
“If you hit the area then you know he’s going to be there and he was. And a great header by him.
“A crucial time for us to get the opener and slow things down.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The awareness and the desire that Kane showed to swoop in front of the defender to head the ball was brilliant. While the ball in from Shaw was good, the Man Utd man just put it into a good area instead of picking anyone out. It was Kane’s movement that made that goal.
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