By Paul Robinson

22nd Nov, 2022 | 6:00am

Tottenham news: Robinson slams Gareth Southgate after Harry Kane 'injury scare'

Paul Robinson has questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to play Tottenham striker Harry Kane for 76 minutes of England’s win over Iran.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs and Three Lions goalkeeper said Kane should have been withdrawn at half-time given there was concerns over his workload ahead of the tournament.

Kane starred in a 6-2 win over Iran in England’s opening game of the World Cup.

The Spurs striker was replaced by Callum Wilson 14 minutes before the end.

As reported by the Evening Standard (9 November), Antonio Conte revealed Kane was struggling with fatigue heading into the World Cup.

When asked by Football Insider if there was genuine concerns over Kane’s physical condition, Robinson said: “There was an injury scare with him.

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“I think Southgate should have brought him off at half-time, in all honesty.

“It was 3-0. There was no way back for Iran. The game was done and dusted.

“There should have been more substitutions at the break. Southgate should have rested players and given players minutes that needed them.

“There was no need to risk Harry Kane. There was talk of him being tired or fatigued ahead of the tournament so why not give him a rest? The game was done. Why risk him for the second half?

“That said, Kane was excellent. There was no sign of fatigue from him or any of the England players.”

In other news, a Tottenham insider has claimed Fabio Paratici is set to green light three signings before 8 January.