Alan Shearer: Tottenham first teamer proved he can't solve problem area
By Dominic Toner
Alan Shearer has voiced his frustration over the lack of forwards at England’s disposal and said that even Tottenham ace Harry Kane faltered at Euro 2016.
Gareth Southgate’s side recorded an expected 2-0 victory over minnows Lithuania on Sunday and remain unbeaten in their World Cup qualifying group.
They look on course to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will be looking to go better than in their last major tournament, when they were knocked out of the Euros in the last 16 by Iceland.
Southgate turned to Jermain Defoe and Jamie Vardy during the international break due to Kane’s absence through injury, and the pair both scored against Lithuania.
However, Shearer feels that there is lack of quality of English strikers and stated that first-choice forward Kane showed he can’t always be relied upon to perform on the big stage.
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“Look at yesterday’s team (against Lithuania) and they will not be troubling anyone of any note next summer, even with Harry Kane back in,” Shearer wrote in the Sun. “Where are the other England strikers?
“Yes, we have Kane but we also saw how he performed in the Euros last summer — not that it helped when he was asked to take corners.”
Kane is regarded as the best striker in the England ranks and his impressive form for Spurs in recent seasons has boosted his reputation.
The 23-year-old has now scored 88 goals in 156 appearances for the north London club and continues to improve with age.
He is a vital component of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and will be desperate to return from his ankle injury quickly.
However, Kane was unable to recapture his club form when he played for England in last summer’s Euros.
He played in all four of the nation’s matches and failed to score a single goal, while every fan was left bemused by Roy Hodgson’s to let the striker take the corners.
Kane is expected to be the central figure to England’s plans over the next decade and his scored five goals in 17 games for his country so far.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s 25-year-old has given an update on his future.