Harry Kane: Ruined By England?

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When he scored at Stamford Bridge, none of us could have guessed what lay ahead. As the team slumped following the end of title challenge, none of us really cared. The season was over and we had a summer to look forward to.

Harry Kane seemed to recover quickly, netting for England against Turkey in the pre-Euro 2016 friendly but since then, nothing. And his confidence in front of goal is slowly being sapped out him by the turgid displays of the national team.

Kane polarised opinions during the European Championships. Although we defended him to the hilt through club loyalty, we knew he was playing badly. Instead of wanting to be the next Lineker, his desire to be England’s Cristiano Ronaldo overtook any common sense anyone connected with the England team had, until it was too late.

By the time Rooney took over the set-pieces, Kane’s confidence was gone. We’re still picking up the pieces at club level but any progress made has been lost if last night’s performance in Slovakia was anything to go by.

Isolated, with little support, Kane’s perfectly timed air shot summed it all up. Out of touch, out of luck, out of form. Sam Allardyce, so in awe of Wayne Rooney, is prepared to let the United player fill the midfield void and drop deep to get the ball.

All well and good but no-one is picking up the baton and running centrally to support Kane. If only we had a David Platt type player or dare I say it, Aaron Ramsey as he plays in a Welsh shirt.

Kane hasn’t scored in nearly half-a-dozen club games, more for England. The drought is ten games and beginning to become a concern. You could see the shoulders slump and a lost look cross his face. There’s no support in the international set-up to encourage him.

Allardyce, like Hodgson before him, is clueless, intent on wrecking the country’s crown jewel.