Harry Kane’s fitness and positioning have been called into question by Ian Wright as England finish fourth at the World Cup.
England cruised through the group stages, with Kane racking up five goals in the opening two games, albeit against minnows Tunisia and Panama.
The Spurs striker bagged his sixth goal in the last 16 game against Colombia but failed to find the net in England’s last three games, being eliminated by Croatia in the semi-finals before being condemned to a fourth-place finish after defeat in today’s playoff against Belgium.
A number of pundits have questioned whether the England captain has been carrying an injury for the last few games, and now former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has pointed out that his positioning was all wrong:
“When you look at the goal Mandzukic scored, it was late in the game, he was in the area where you’re going to score a goal,” Wright said on ITV.
“What you’re finding and what you’re seeing with Harry at the moment is him out on the left, out on the right, he’s out of the box.
“Really we want him right in there and he didn’t seem to be able to get in there.
“Whether that was him or whether he was injured, I don’t know what it was.”
Kane is still on course to win the golden boot, however, after closest rival Romelu Lukaku couldn’t find the net to end his campaign with four. Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann would need to score three in tomorrow’s World Cup final in order to match Kane’s achievement, although getting their hands on the World Cup trophy will be their main objective.