Gary Cahill has defended Harry Kane after the Tottenham star came in for widespread criticism for backing into opposition players when they jump for headers.

After an incident in the recent North London derby where Kane backed into Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes when he rose to win a header, causing him to lose balance, the Tottenham striker came in for plenty of criticism on social media.

Some former players also jumped on the bandwagon, insisting that the England captain’s antics were dangerous and that he could seriously injure an opponent.

However, Cahill claimed that what Kane is doing is part of the game and suggested that the Tottenham striker was merely using his body well.

Here’s what the Crystal Palace centre-back told Sky Sports about the controversy ahead of Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park on Sunday:

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There is no doubt that Kane is being unfairly picked on as a lot of players do a similar thing and it has been going on for a long time. So while Spurs fans might have a point in perceiving it as a witch-hunt on Kane, we should also not be blinded by tribal loyalties and recognise that perhaps former players and pundits do have a point when they say that backing into players mid-air can be dangerous.

However, the rules currently do not state that Kane is doing anything illegal. If this action is dangerous, the conversation needs to revolve around how the rules have to be modified rather than unfairly picking on Kane for “getting away with” dangerous play.

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