Kane happy with deeper England role following ITV pundits’ criticism


arry Kane believes it is “natural” for him to drop deeper playing for England because of the midfield runners in the team and the pace around him on the wings.

Kane starred in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Albania in the a deep-lying playmaker role he has thrived in for Tottenham this season, scoring his first international goal since November 2019 and then assisting Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount for the second goal.

ITV pundits Roy Keane and Ian Wright said they think Kane should be playing further forward for England but the Spurs man wants to continue in the creative role.

“I think it has been part of my game for a while now,” he said. “There has been a lot of talk about it this season for club, but I feel like for country I have been doing it more regularly.

“Obviously we have got great pace on the wings, great forward runners from midfield. So it is natural for me to drop and try to create play. Thankfully Mason put one away tonight with a great finish.”

Kane had gone six England matches without a goal before finding the net against Albania.

“As a striker you sometimes go through spells where everything you touch goes in and sometimes it just does not quite go your way,” he told ITV.

“I had a few off the line in that spell, an offside goal that I do not think was offside, and that is part of being a striker. You have just got to stay focused on doing your job for the team.

“I thought it was a really good performance to be honest. Maybe we were a little bit slow to start, we changed our formation half way through the first half and that definitely helped, we got more runners in the box, more attacking play. Then getting the goal before half-time was great and then I thought we controlled the second half well. So overall, a good night.”

England face Poland at Wembley on Wednesday in their third World Cup qualifier.

Kane said: “We are not the finished article yet. We are in a good place, we have won two games people expected us to win and now Poland will probably be the toughest game in the group. If we can win that it will put us in a great performance.”

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