Thursday, December 1 2022

England suffered a 1-0 loss to Italy in the Nations League last night and Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane was arguably the most frustrated of all the players on the pitch.

The Spurs striker has been chasing Wayne Rooney’s England record for some time. He is just three goals away from equaling the Manchester United legend’s tally but has been unable to find the net in the Three Lions’ last three games.

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England looked really poor against Italy last night. They were too slow, too cautious and just couldn’t start.

Kane was a frustrated figure up top. He barely had any serve throughout the game, and both times he came close to scoring, Gigi Donnarumma disallowed it.

The England skipper, however, came under immense criticism for ignoring a simple pass to Phil Foden who could have gone through on goal. It might have helped the Three Lions avoid defeat, but it wasn’t meant to be.

sky sports Kane rated 5/10 and wrote, “I struggled to get time on the ball and space to be effective. Came forward well late in the half but shot well over the top and didn’t time Foden’s run on a good break shortly after the break. I forced a double save from Gianluigi Dommarumma in the 77th minute as England looked to equalise.

The sun also rated it 5/10. They wrote: “Until he forced a double save from Donnarumma in the final 15 minutes, he never seemed to come close to Wayne Rooney’s England record. Guilty of squandering open-halfs, including a shot over the bar in the first half and a failure to play Foden in the second.

The Guardian, however, were not so generous. They gave it a 4/10 rating and wrote, “Captain was isolated for long periods of time and fed on leftovers. Refusal to equalize by the double save of Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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TBR view:

It was a night to forget for Kane and all of his teammates.

England was really, really poor at the San Siro. Apart from trying their luck at the end, the Three Lions didn’t do much, which is a big concern before the World Cup in Qatar in less than two months.

Besides ignoring Foden when he was free, Kane had a decent game. He wasn’t the big threat he usually is for Tottenham, but he will argue that he received hardly any service.

England will next face Germany and Kane will likely start that game as well. He surely hopes then to get closer to Rooney’s record.

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