Roy Keane slams Harry Kane’s poor performance in draw with Hungary, claiming the England captain ‘needs to do more when not at his best’… but Ian Wright is confident the striker can turn around his early season woes
- Harry Kane offered little in attack for England during their 1-1 draw with Hungary
- The Three Lions captain snatched at a couple of chances before being subbed
- Roy Keane believes the striker has to offer more when not in form in front of goal
- However, Ian Wright believes Kane’s tricky start to the season is just a mere blip
Roy Keane has criticised Harry Kane for not offering enough to the England team when he is struggling to put in his best performances.
Kane was largely anonymous on Tuesday evening as England laboured to a poor 1-1 draw at home to Hungary in a World Cup qualifier.
The Three Lions captain barely had a clear cut chance, before being substituted 14 minutes from the end a few seconds after slicing a poor effort wide.
Harry Kane reacts with frustration in a poor display leading England’s attack against Hungary
The Three Lions captain rarely looked a threat on a disappointing night for his side
Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United Keane hit out at Kane’s display, claiming that the Tottenham Hotspur striker’s performances have been typically either outstanding or woeful.
‘There is no middle ground with Kane,’ Keane told ITV. ‘When he’s on fire he is fantastic and when he is off – and we’ve seen many times before – it’s like he is on his heels and he can’t get up to speed with the game.
‘Whatever is going on at club level he does need to do a bit more when he’s not at his best in terms of general play.’
Kane snatched at a chance in the second half, as Roy Keane criticised his overall impact
With 14 minutes to play, Kane was withdrawn by England manager Gareth Southgate
But former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright came to the defence of Kane saying he looked like he was lacking sharpness but remaining confident the captain would come good.
‘I just see someone who is not quite at it,’ Wright added. ‘He started the season very slowly and he needs to get up to speed as he’s a bit sluggish: a couple of offsides he could have avoided just being a bit more sharper thinking.
‘Harry Kane will be fine, he has just got to get himself going.’
Kane applauds England supporters following his side’s 1-1 draw with Hungary at Wembley
England fell behind to a shock Rolland Sallai penalty after 24 minutes when Luke Shaw was penalised for a high boot, before John Stones equalised after diverting in a Phil Foden free-kick 13 minutes later.
But England failed to create little else in a World Cup qualifier marred by disgraceful scenes of Hungary fans clashing with police at Wembley in the early stages of the first half.
Despite the laboured draw, England need just four points from games against Albania and San Marino to guarantee their place at the World Cup finals in Qatar next year.