Kane sets the record straight after another penalty incident


For the past few weeks, there has been a lot said and written about Harry Kane and how the Tottenham striker tends to go down on the penalty box too easily.

While some like Danny Rose (ESPN) have come to the defence of Kane, other like Ian Holloway (talkSPORT) have insisted that the England captain needs to stay on his feet more.

Some critics including Graeme Souness have even alleged that the Spurs striker repeatedly simulates to win penalties, a suggestion that Kane has rejected completely (Sky Sports).

The 26-year-old looked to be bought down inside the box against Newcastle United and Arsenal in his last two Premier League games but a penalty was not awarded on either ocassion.

After Kane won a spot kick after being on the receiving end of a foul against Bulgaria on Saturday, the Spurs man was asked if he ever dives.

According to ESPN, he repsonded, “Never and, hopefully, I don’t have to. I said after the Arsenal game it’s a 50/50 one, similar to the one we got given against us at Wembley the year before. It happens in football.

“I am someone who uses his body well, which as a striker you have to do at every level. On the halfway line it’s a free kick every day of the week. In the penalty box, you don’t always get it.

The England No.10 admitted that other people’s opinion about his antics do not faze him and that he wishes to continue doing his talking on the pitch.

He added, “People’s opinions are their opinions. I wasn’t concentrating on that sort of stuff. For me, it’s about doing my best on the pitch and the most important thing is about winning games.”

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While it is understandable to think that the tackle on Kane against Arsenal may not be a penalty, to accuse Kane of diving is laughable. Yes, he does go to ground easily on occasions when there is contact but he is hardly the worst offender in that respect.

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