‘The only answer’: Peter Crouch sends strong message to Gareth Southgate over Tottenham star
Peter Crouch has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to stick with Tottenham frontman Harry Kane in his starting line-up against Czech Republic.
The Three Lions are preparing to face Czech Republic on Tuesday night at Euro 2020.
Kane, 27, has come in for some criticism after failing to score in the opening two group stage matches. However, he’s the England captain that is fresh off the back of a 33-goal season with Spurs.
Southgate knows his team need to win tonight to qualify as group winners.
Pundit and ex-England international has sent a strong message that there is no way Kane should be dropped because he’s the best in the squad at what he does in front of goal.
“Do I think the pressure is getting to Harry? No way,” Crouch wrote for the Daily Mail.
“He is single-minded, ruthless and he will be desperate to show that again. I’m sure in private moments he will be thinking about how he puts it all right and he will be wondering if the opportunity comes against the Czech Republic.
“Should the manager change Harry Kane? The only answer to that is no.
“There is nobody else in the squad I would want a chance to fall to, nobody else I would want to take a penalty.
“In the mad world of tournaments, you are only ever one kick away from everything changing. Let the turnaround for Harry begin on Tuesday.”
Southgate should stick with Kane in England XI
England have scored just one goal in two matches at the Euros so far. Therefore, it’s time for the attackers to spring into life.
It seems inconceivable that Southgate will go ahead and drop Kane.
He was the golden boot winner at the 2018 World Cup, so he’s someone that should be given a little more leeway from the team’s lack of goals lately.
Kane is going to start banging them in if the talent behind him starts getting on the same wavelength.
Above all, it matters what Southgate thinks about Kane rather than the negative supporters.
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