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Harry Kane criticized by former Premier League legend

Harry Kane failed to inspire the young English side towards their second ever international trophy

Harry Kane was criticized for his performance in the final of the Euro 2020 by former England player Alan Shearer. However, his fellow BBC pundit colleague Rio Ferdinand disagreed with Shearer’s opinions.

England lost 3-2 on penalties against a brave Italian side in a match where the strikers were clearly missing the cutting edge. After reaching their second-ever final in a major international tournament, the Three Lions failed to handle the pressure amidst a tense shootout.

Harry Kane failed to find the ‘balance’ claims Shearer

England never lost in the tournament and were the best defensive side, conceding just one goal excluding the final. However, conceding a goal proved too costly for them as Italy maintained their possession.

Unfortunately, Bonucci made it 1-1 as Kane looked with frustration. Luke Shaw was the early goalscorer but then, Italy capitalised. While speaking with BBC, Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand had different views about his overall performance.

As per Shearer, whose record of all-time goal scorer in the Premier League Kane might be beating someday, he didn’t find the balance as a striker. He said,

“We said before the game his game tonight, particularly in the first half. But he didn’t have one-touch the whole game in the 18-yard box. It’s finding the balance to say, yes okay, to ask questions, come out and draw the defenders out like we wanted him to do.”

Whereas former Manchester United player Ferdinand said that it might be the role England coach Gareth Southgate gave him.

The argument continued and Shearer came to the point that Kane should have known when he could go against what his coach says. “By all means come short for the ball and cause problems but he’s experienced enough to know that he gets paid to get in the box and score goals,” he continued.

As Euro 2020 comes to an end, attention turns towards whether Kane stays at Tottenham Hotspur or not. Manchester City would probably be his new destination if he decides to leave Spurs. It will be interesting to see Kane in a new shirt if Daniel Levy allows him to leave.

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