Harry Kane plays an awful lot of football, for club and country.
Neither Gareth Southgate or Mauricio Pochettino has anybody who can replace their talisman’s contribution; which might be why both men use the striker in a way that could be deemed irresponsible.
Southgate brought Kane on somewhat unnecessarily in England’s last match, a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland; Pochettino never gives his main striker a rest, and rushed him back from injury last season.
Not so long ago, many critics were saying that the only way to get Kane back on his best form was to give him a period of extended rest.
That was never going to happen. As tired as Kane looked and susceptible to injury as he is, he is too important to Spurs.
Imagine him being left out as his team-mates, hit by injury as a squad, struggled without him. Pochettino would have been hung out to dry.
Just as well Kane has played through the fatigue barrier and got back on the scoresheet. His enthuasism to play and score goals is insatiable; that’s what carried him through.
He has dispelled the critics once more and looks able to carry the burden at domestic and international level once more.