By Paul Robinson

16th Jun, 2021 | 5:00pm

Robinson shares intriguing Kane verdict as talkSPORT host savages Tottenham star

Paul Robinson has launched a staunch defence of Tottenham striker Harry Kane ahead of England facing Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one claimed the 27-year-old had a relatively quiet game against Croatia on the ball because of the players around him.

Kane had just one shot and 20 touches of the ball in the 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday. (Sofascore)

talkSPORT host Adrian Durham was critical of the England captain’s display and described it as “strange”.

Robinson claimed the ability of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden to run in behind is the reason why Kane dropped deeper and failed to influence the game on the ball.

“There was a lot of talk about Kane coming deep against Croatia and I think the reason why he did is because Foden and Sterling have the ability to run past him and play on that final man,” he told Football Insider.

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“Kane has always had the ability to play in the pocket or to come and collect the ball off the midfield.

“He knows for England he has got players around him that will stretch the pitch, go wide and go in behind him. If he drops deep he will either move into space to collect the ball or create space for others if the centre-half decides to go with him.

“We have seen this year that his number of assists have drastically improved. Harry has always had the ability to do that.

“I do not think it is something he has added to his game, I just think it is something he is doing more of when he is playing with top quality players around him.” 

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