'Massive': BBC pundit notices exactly what Harry Kane kept doing as England hammered Senegal
Harry Kane finally got his World Cup goal last night as England beat Senegal in the last 16 of the tournament over in Qatar.
Kane latched on to a pass from Phil Foden to smash home into the middle of the goal past Edouard Mendy. It was a crucial second for England just before half-time and for Kane personally, it relieved some pressure.
Of course, Kane will be disappointed not to have scored more goals as it stands. But overall, his performance levels have been good and he was right on it at times against Senegal.
And watching on for the BBC, former defender Matty Upson picked up on Kane’s positioning, suggesting it was more than making up for the lack of goals so far.
“Harry Kane hasn’t really got firing in this tournament yet but he has had a massive contribution in terms of assists and pulling defenders out of position to allow those players to get in where it hurts,” Upson said for the BBC.
Naturally, Kane will want more goals. But such is the professionalism of the England skipper, he won’t really care as long as England keep getting through.
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All eyes will be on Kylian Mbappe when England meet France next weekend. But let’s not overlook our own star striker and undermine just how good he is.
It was a momentous number nine performance from Kane against Senegal. He held things up, brought others into play, and got into the box to create chances. It was just what England – and Kane – needed.
There were shades of his Tottenham form in this display. And while France have Mbappe, their defence has yet to face a test like Kane, Foden and Saka. Not to mention Jude Bellingham.
Kane, and England, will be confident going into the clash.
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