By Coral Barry
Alan Smith is hopeful Harry Kane can return to the England side against Iceland refreshed after spending the last Euro 2016 game watching from the bench.
The Tottenham striker has endured a disappointing tournament so far, failing to find the net or make a singifant impact in three appearances.
Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy were preferred to Kane in England’s last group game after the duo came on at half-time against Wales to rescue a victory, but Smith expects the 22-year-old to be fired up after losing his place.
“Harry has had a good rest and he has looked flat,” said Smith speaking to Sky Sports. “He says he is not tired and you’d expect him to say that. Hopefully he has been re-energised.
“Sometimes when you are sat on the bench and you are looking from there, just mentally, you can get a bit of life, a bit of a break I suppose, and you can come back stronger.”
England face Iceland in their last-16 tie on Monday night with Roy Hodgson’s men the favourites to progress into the next round to face hosts France.
Kane is thought to be in line for a recall after a short substitute appearance against Iceland, with Jamie Vardy believed to be the one to make way.
That would mean Sturridge and Kane would start upfront and Smith says the two could make an excellent partnership.
“So I would like to see him in the side because when he is playing well he is so important to us in the way he leads the line and holds up the ball.
“He is a very intelligent player and perhaps somebody like Sturridge can work off him.”
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have seen three bids knocked back for their top striker target.