Gareth Southgate told to give relief to Tottenham ace Harry Kane
According to The Mirror, England legend Sir Geoff Hurst believes Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions have what it takes to win the World Cup in Qatar this November but believes they need to lighten the load on Tottenham ace Harry Kane.
The hat-trick hero of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph believes in the current side but has expressed concerns. He believes all players need to share the burden of goals and not rely too much on Captain Kane to find the back of the net.
“In big tournaments like the World Cup, it’s an advantage if you have several players who can score goals. One could argue that maybe we’re a little too dependent on Kane.”
It’s no secret that Kane is the center of attention when England play. A prolific goalscorer, he has scored 50 goals in 73 games for the Three Lions. He is England’s second-highest goalscorer, just three behind record-holder Wayne Rooney.
Kane, meanwhile, is hoping he can lead his country to ultimate glory by winning the coveted World Cup in Qatar in November and ending the nation’s 56-year wait for a major trophy.
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The Spurs ace was in fine form last season as he finished the season with 17 league goals and nine assists in 37 games as he helped his club Tottenham Hotspur to a fourth-place finish on the final day of the season.
Not only that, but he scored two first-half hat-tricks against Albania and San Marino to help secure England’s World Cup qualification in November. He was again joint top scorer in World Cup qualifiers for Europe, scoring 12 goals in eight games.
The Englishman also captained England at the last World Cup, where he won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer and led his side to fourth place, their highest since 1990. He also led his country to the UEFA Euro 2020 final, where they took second place.
Sir Hurst believes England’s poor performance in the UEFA Nations League does not reflect the real quality of the side. Rather, he believes manager Gareth Southgate wanted to field as many players as possible in preparation for the upcoming World Cup.
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However, Sir Hurst’s words could be an early warning to Southgate who is hoping to lead his side to glory. Whether the England manager will heed such advice remains to be seen.