Neville expresses concern for Kane’s mental state

Gary Neville has expressed his concern about Harry Kane’s mental state, suggesting the Spurs striker needs a break from football.

Kane has played virtually every game for England and Spurs over the last few years, barring a few spells out of action through injury, and despite his impressive goalscoring record, has at times looked jaded.

He finished as the top scorer in the World Cup this summer, although all of his goals came in the group games, with the 25-year-old looking tired in the latter stages.

He had just a few weeks off this summer, returning to action in Spurs’ Premier League opener against Newcastle on August 11, leaving Manchester United legend Gary Neville to suggest that he needs time away from football:

“I am concerned about Harry Kane,” Neville said on Sky Sports following England’s win over Switzerland.

“Since 2015 he has played 175 matches and he’s struggling. Forget the physical side, he needs a mental break as well.

“I don’t think he should have been here for the two weeks. I think there is a welfare thing in terms of looking after players and he has not had enough of a break since 2015.”

He added: “It just seems obvious at this time, particularly with Harry.

“I do remember the last half an hour in the Colombia game and I thought he was done. He literally could not move. He needs a real break and that escape.”

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