Gareth Southgate has stated that Harry Kane is exceptional at dropping deep and linking up play, admitting that the Spurs striker helped create space for the other forwards in England’s 2-0 win against Albania on Sunday.
England struggled to get Kane into the game in the first half as the home side defended resolutely with numbers behind the ball.
However, The Three Lions captain yet again demonstrated that he often needs just one chance to make his mark as he popped up with a well-placed header seven minutes from the interval to give his side the lead.
Despite getting on the scoresheet, the Tottenham man was criticised by pundits at half-time for dropping too deep instead of staying in the box.
When Southgate was asked about Kane dropping deep, he insisted that England benefited a lot from the 27-year-old’s link-up play as well as his ability to retain possession.
Here’s what the England boss said about Kane after his side’s win over Albania:
“It did create more space for other people.”
Gareth Southgate on why he likes Harry Kane to drop deep and pick up the ball in midfield.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 29, 2021
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While Kane’s tendency to drop deep and link-up play is getting a lot more attention at the moment due to the way he is playing for Spurs this season, that is something he has done for England for a long time. With the pace England have in the forward areas with the likes of Rashford, Sterling and Sancho, there should be no shortage of runners if Kane does decide to drop.
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