Euro 2016: England boss Roy Hodgson insists Harry Kane is not burnt out and suggests Tottenham striker could start against Slovakia

19 Jun

Roy Hodgson insists he has yet to decide whether to stick with Harry Kane for Monday’s clash with Slovakia.

The Tottenham has been one of the Three Lions’ most disappointing performers in Euro 2016 so far.

After struggling in the Group B opener against Russia, he was hauled off at half-time of the 2-1 win over Wales.

Jamie Vardy and Danie Sturridge both impressed after coming the bench and many are calling for one, or both, of the duo to start ahead of Kane against Slovakia.

But Hodgson has offered no clues as who he will pick as England look to wrap up top spot in Group B.

“Jamie and Daniel did very well when they came on against Wales and I’m sure they would like to start (against Wales),” Hodgson told reporters at a press conference on Sunday.

“The options are there. We have spoken at length on many occasions about the options available, especially in the front positions and nothing changes. It’s a decision to be made.”

Kane’s disappointing form in France has been put down to tiredness by many former players and pundits.

The 22-year-old, who scored 25 Premier League goals for Tottenham last season, has played 65 games in the last 12 months.

But Hodgson does not believe the young forward is burnt out.

“I have spoken to Harry, he has been very good in training and I don’t think he is suffering more from a season than any other player,” he insisted. 

“We have some players who have not played on a regular basis, maybe through injury or other reasons, but there’s no problem with him in that respect.”


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