Gareth Southgate said that Harry Kane faces a ‘repetitive cycle’ of criticism which he comes through. He dismissed any suggestions about Kane’s form being low. Kane has endured a tough start to his Euro 2020 campaign. He was substituted in both England’s games against Croatia and Scotland. Gareth Southgate dismissed any suggestions that Harry Kane will be dropped following the bad run of form. He confirmed that Kane will start against the Czech Republic in their final group game at Wembley.
“I think the only thing that’s relevant is what I’ve said already this week,” Southgate said. “His importance to the team – he’s been our best player, our most influential player, our most important player for a long period of time.”
“Of course there have been moments where the likes of Raheem (Sterling) have probably had periods where he’s been critical for our success as well in terms the goalscoring, but Harry has consistently been our top goalscorer, his record since I’ve been in charge is phenomenal and he’s a hugely important figure for us,” he added.
Kane was unarguably the best attacker in the league season. He scored the most goals while providing the most assists in the 2020/21 Premier League. Kane also finds himself embroiled in a transfer saga with Man City reportedly bidding £100m for his services. Southgate admitted that Kane will be under significantly more pressure than the rest of his teammates on Tuesday.
“The big players have big focus, have a lot more attention, and their world is far more complicated than a lot of other players who can go under that radar of pressure and intensity,” Southgate said. “So I’ve got a huge understanding of how that is for Harry, a huge understanding of having played with big personalities, big players how their world is different.”