Campbell insists Harry Kane was right to take second England penalty
Kevin Campbell has told The Highbury Squad that people suggesting that Harry Kane should not have taken England’s second penalty in their World Cup quarter-final are talking nonsense, insisting that the Tottenham Hotspur star was the ideal candidate to step up again.
Penalties cost the Three Lions once again on Saturday. England were 2-1 down against France in the last eight in Qatar when Mason Mount was fouled inside the area by Theo Hernandez.
Kane had already equalised once from 12 yards earlier in the game. So it was absolutely no surprise that the Tottenham talisman was the man to step up once again as stoppage-time loomed.
Should Kane have taken England’s second penalty?
Unfortunately for England, Kane blazed the effort well over the crossbar. And with that, England were unable to find that equaliser which would have probably sent the game to extra-time.
For some it seems, Kane should not have taken the penalty. He had already given the goalkeeper information with his first attempt. And of course, the goalkeeper standing in the way of Kane and the back of the net was his Spurs teammate Hugo Lloris. So he would have already been able to make an educated guess on where the 29-year-old was going.
However, Campbell admitted that he is baffled to see Kane being criticised for taking the second penalty.
“Who would you say is England’s best penalty taker? It’s Harry Kane, all day long. Should he have taken the second one? I can’t believe all this nonsense coming out, saying he shouldn’t have taken the second. It’s even more so, he’s the main man. These are the moments that he lives for,” he told The Highbury Squad.
“I thought he played pretty well in the game as well. He could have had a penalty again in the first-half. That might have changed things.
“Look, he skied it and he put it over. But how many times has he stuck them away. He sticks them away so many more times than he misses.”
Campbell is surely right to criticise the argument that Kane should not have taken the penalty. Had he given it to someone else and they had missed, then the Tottenham star would be receiving so much abuse for seemingly bottling it.
Kane had the bravery to take on that moment. And on another 99 days, he would have found the back of the net and given England the impetus to potentially go on and win the game.
It was not Kane’s night on Saturday.
But then, plenty of England players have gone on to make amends after missing a crucial penalty for their country down the years.
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