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Keown: Why this Tottenham attacker did not deserve Ballon d'Or selection

By Amir Mir

Martin Keown believes Tottenham’s Harry Kane did not merit a place on the 2016 Ballon d’Or shortlist because of his performances for England at the Euros.

Striker Kane failed to find the net in four games as his home nation were knocked out in humiliating fashion by minnows Iceland.

These poor performances came on the back of a fantastic Premier League season, where the 23-year-old earned the golden boot award, scoring 22 goals for Spurs.

Former Arsenal defender Keown revealed why Kane was right to be overlooked, where Leicester and England teammate Jamie Vardy was given the nod.

“Not if you look at what he did in the Euros,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “That is where you come under the microscope and he simple wasn’t able to perform at the same level as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in France.

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“If he’d had a good tournament, there is no doubt that he would have been on the list.

“People have questioned why Jamie Vardy has been included but not Kane. Vardy is a champion and Kane isn’t yet. There are plenty of players who didn’t win titles and still won individual awards but Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were so crucial to Leicester’s success.”

France international and Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris was the only player from White Hart Lane named on the 30-man shortlist.

Current holder and Barcelona star Lionel Messi, will fight for the top prize, alongside usual favourite and Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo.

In other Tottenham team news, Stan Collymore has given his verdict on Tottenham’s clash with Leicester.