‘Our best player’ – Grealish defends Kane’s displays amidst criticism

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Jack Grealish has defended Harry Kane’s displays in the European Championships, pointing out that the Tottenham star has always had the attention of multiple opposition defenders.

Going into England’s round of 16 clash against Germany on Tuesday, many had some had called for Kane to be dropped on the back of his performances in the group stages.

The Tottenham striker put in another sluggish display for the majority of the encounter against the Germans and just when it seemed as though the knives could be out again for the 27-year-old, he popped up in the box to put England 2-0 ahead.

The Spurs star’s celebration certainly showed how much weight had been lifted off his shoulders as the striker was mobbed by his England teammates.

Grealish, who was instrumental in both of England’s goals after coming on as a substitute, insisted that the criticism that has come Kane’s way has been unfair.

The Aston Villa midfielder told BBC (3 hours 21 minutes onwards): “This Euros have been different to many before. There is so much tactical stuff going on that’s it is hard for H (Kane).

“He’s probably our most talked-about player. Probably our best player. It’s difficult because teams are going to double up on him and try and get him out of the game.

“So, I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault really, in particular. But when the game opened up in the end, as soon as Luke give me the ball I actually was going to shoot and bring it onto my right foot. Then I seen H in the box, so I crossed it for him.”

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Kane made that finish look easy but the cross was a little behind him and he showed excellent composure to manoeuvre his body to put it beyond the reach of Manuel Neuer. Given the pressure he was under, one might have expected him to just snatch at the chance or to go for power but he showed a cool head under the circumstances.

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