BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton has called out Harry Kane for diving in order to win a penalty against Aston Villa last weekend, and claims the Tottenham Hotspur striker is a ‘regular’ offender when it comes to simulation.

Kane converted a late penalty for Tottenham as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa last Saturday. It was Kane who won the penalty after being fouled by Villa keeper Emi Martinez.

Harry Kane

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The decision to award a penalty took some time to be made, but after consulting with VAR, referee Peter Bankes pointed to the spot and Kane coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

The goal took Kane’s tally to 27 league goals for the season in what has been a prolific campaign for the 29-year-old (Transfermarkt).

Kane has been breaking records all year, becoming Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer (GOAL) and overtaking Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time top goalscorer, too.

However, Sutton is clearly not happy with one facet of Kane’s game, as he berated the talismanic striker on the BBC’s 606 Football Phone In for what he perceived to be a dive to earn the penalty.

He said: “A bumper simulation game. Harry Kane, for me, at Aston Villa. Already on the way down.

“Horrendous from Harry Kane. He is a regular on here. I am calling you out, Harry Kane.

“You might be the England captain. But you are better than that.”

Spurs Web Opinion

We all know Harry Kane is a very intelligent footballer and I’m not going to sit here and say he doesn’t intentionally look for fouls because he definitely does.

I wouldn’t say he dives, he just very cleverly manipulates the game and his opponents to draw a foul.

There was clear contact from Martinez, and a penalty had to be awarded for Kane.

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