Harry Kane has been unfairly criticised since returning from injury, says former Everton star Tony Cottee.
Harry missed almost a month of action after suffering right ankle damage against Bournemouth on March 11th and despite scoring four goals since returning in early April, his form has been severe under scrutiny.
He famously faced a very public backlash after claiming a highly-disputed goal during our victory at Stoke and was then said to have been hurt by a post from the FA following Spurs’ FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United.
“How can you criticise Harry Kane for claiming a goal?”:Cottee told Sky Sports. “I must have claimed about 50 goals that weren’t mine, that’s what strikers do.
He added: “It’s an English trait. We’ve done it with all our top players, we’ve done it with all our top managers.You’ve just got to look at the stats, he’s still got 28 league goals, all right he’s had a difficult time since he came back from injury, but he’s a top, top player.”
Cottee believes Gareth Southgate’s England could benefit from pairing Kane with Leicester forward Jamie Vardy, especially when facing inferior opposition.Vardy added to his impressive big-game record on Wednesday as Leicester beat Arsenal, taking his tally against the Premier League’s big six to a division-best 24 goals since his debut in 2014.
“The biggest problem Jamie’s got is Harry Kane,” Cottee said. “Harry Kane will be the first name on the team sheet.There is an argument for when we play Tunisia and Panama to play two up front and have a real go and try and win those first two games.He’s a top goal-scorer, we’re lucky to have him, but I think he might well be used as an impact player.”
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