Kane put on a tired display for the second time in this tournament, as Scotland got a 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday. The boss of the Three Lions removed his captain in the second half. It was after that he collected just 10 touches in the first half. Indeed, he only completed 63% of his passes when he was finally pulled for Marcus Rashford.
And despite the introduction of their fellow striker, England couldn’t find the most important winner.
And while Raheem Sterling was also far below his best, Kane’s lack of cohesion appears to be a serious concern. In two games now at Euro 2020, he has yet to shoot on target.
Now Keane says Kane has to remove his finger if England is to have a chance at glory.
“He doesn’t look at speed,” Keane said on ITV. “He’s on his heels all the time and if England are to really be in this competition you need your star men to perform.
” We saw [Romelu] Lukaku arrive, [Kevin] debruyne, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, they need Kane at his best.
“I’m glad Gareth [Southgate] removed it. They say he’s unperturbed, he’s the main man, if he’s not playing, get him out. Rashford gave them a little more energy, but still not enough.
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Keane also suggested that Kane would likely be distracted by discussions about his future.
Kane, 27, revealed last month that he was frustrated with the lack of silverware and was ready to leave Tottenham. The two giants of Manchester are mentioned as contenders, while Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have also been shown as possible destinations.
As such, Keane believes speculation is playing on his mind.
“Before the competition, there was a lot of talk about his departure from Spurs. Maybe he got distracted by it because it can be an energy zapper, ”Keane continued.
“If you think you are moving clubs or are in negotiations with other clubs, that is not helpful. “
His assessment of Kane was also endorsed by Graeme Souness.
“Harry doesn’t look himself, he looks fishy and tired,” Souness said.
“He’s a guy who’s hoping to make a big splash this summer, he needs to wake up. He came out in the first game, is he wearing something? Because he looks like the shadow of himself.
“He is the only English player who has proven at this level that he scores goals regularly and if that doesn’t happen in this competition you are not going very far.
“Without Harry Kane football doesn’t come home with this team, I can tell you, not the way they play. “
Southgate explains Kane’s replacement
Talk to ITV Sport in his post-match interview, Southgate has been faced with an investigation into why he kidnapped Kane.
“’I just felt we needed a few more points behind, we thought Marcus would give us that energy and we have to try to get the win at that point,” he said.
“But we have to make these decisions based on what we see. “
When asked to name what Kane was missing in his game after winning the Premier League’s top scorer and best assistant award last season, Southgate insisted there was more to it than the attacker’s own form.
“Well, we can look at each other, it starts with me,” he added.
“We know we didn’t do enough to win tonight, not enough attempts on goal, so that’s something we’ll be looking at over the next few days. “
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