Owen Hargreaves admitted that he was delighted to see Harry Kane bounce back with a goal in his first game back for Tottenham following the heartbreak of his penalty miss against France.
All eyes were on Kane at the Brentford Community Stadium and the striker came in for quite a lot of taunts from the home crowd, who predictably sang ‘you let your country down’ throughout.
Although the 29-year-old looked rusty in the first half, he showed yet again how deadly he can be inside the box as he met Clement Lenglet’s cross with a pin-point header in the 64th minute to bring Tottenham back into the game.
The goal was Kane’s 13th in the Premier League this season in just 16 matches and the header squashed any lingering doubts that the striker’s penalty miss against France would affect his confidence.
Hargreaves praised Tottenham and Kane’s performance in the second half, insisting that Antonio Conte’s men deserved a point for the way they fought back.
The former Manchester United midfielder told Matchday Live on Optus Sport after the 2-2 draw: “When Tottenham play like that (the second half), they’re a top-four side. Harry Kane getting more involved, getting more touches… imagine if they just played two halves like that!
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“They always start the games really slow, very reactive, but when they go a goal down or two, they find a way to get back in. Credit Harry Kane and Tottenham, second half they played fantastic and deserved a point.
“Everybody loves Harry Kane, he’s such a gentleman, a brilliant player. Seeing him miss that penalty (at the World Cup) hurt everyone, him the most. He is a true captain and he bounced back, that’s the best way.”
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Kane is universally respected by his peers and ex-professionals, which is a testament to his professionalism and dedication. The striker will always have his detractors among fans due to the tribal nature of football fandom but the 29-year-old is not the sort of character to get bogged down by what is said about him on social media.