Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett has claimed that Harry Kane was not 100 per cent against the USA despite being passed fit to start, and called on Gareth Southgate to rest the striker against Wales.
There were some question marks ahead of the game against the United States regarding Kane’s fitness after the striker sustained a knock against Iran.
However, the Tottenham man was passed fit to lead the line on Friday as the Three Lions played out a disappointing 0-0 draw against the Americans.
Southgate remarked after the game that England did not take any risks by playing Kane but admitted that the 29-year-old did feel some discomfort while striking the ball due to the whack sustained on his foot against Iran (Guardian).
The Telegraph reported on Sunday that the Three Lions captain is determined to start against Wales on Tuesday. However, Dorsett suggested that the decision should be taken out of Kane’s hands and called for Southgate to rest the England captain ahead of the knockout stages.
The journalist told Sky Sports: “Harry Kane, to me, does not look fit. I’ve watched him in that game against USA.
“I saw him play 20 minutes after he took a really heavy challenge in the Iran game – that 20 minutes before he came off and he was labouring.
“Whilst he has trained and been passed fit, he just does not look right. He doesn’t look sharp, his runs are not as quick as they have been and he’s not making as many runs as he usually would do.
“So, I think there is a really strong argument for Harry Kane being rested for the next game against Wales.”
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Kane would have possibly been rested for the game against Wales had England beaten USA and booked their place in the knockout stages. However, with the Three Lions needing a result on Tuesday to guarantee progression to the next round, there is no chance that Southgate will bench the Spurs star.
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