Former England star Waddle dismisses Kane myth and praises ‘selfless’ Three Lions man

England striker Harry Kane celebrates scoring Credit: Alamy
England striker Harry Kane celebrates scoring Credit: Alamy

Chris Waddle has dismissed claims that England striker Harry Kane needs to be rested after he scored a goal in their 3-0 victory over Senegal.

With Kane not scoring in the World Cup group stage there were some calls to drop him as some fans and pundits suggested he looked tired.

Kane still contributed three assists in the group stage and scored England’s crucial second goal as they beat Senegal on Sunday to move into the quarter-finals.

And Waddle thinks it’s Kane’s natural body language that sometimes makes him appear to be tired when he’s not.

Waddle told Lord Ping: “I don’t agree with all the talk about him feeling tired. I was accused of the same thing for fifteen years – he isn’t tired, it’s his body language.

“Unfortunately, Harry has that body language and it’s easy to point the finger at him if he isn’t performing in a game and say that he’s tired. Harry Kane is super fit. He’s a big presence and a leader for England.”

Jordan Henderson divides opinion between England supporters and there was some negavitity when he was named in the starting XI against Senegal.

But the Liverpool midfielder produced a brilliant display and even got on the scoresheet for Gareth Southgate’s team.

Waddle added: “I know that he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he never lets you down. I think he is a far better passer of the ball than people give him credit for. He has got a wonderful range of passing and he also has a brilliant engine, which we saw last night when he got on the end of Bellingham’s cut back.

“He’s confident. He’s a great leader on the pitch and is always communicating with his team mates. He does get a fair amount of stick, there are always question marks about his inclusion whenever he plays, but I think he is a presence on the field.”

On Henderson, Waddle continued: “Gareth Southgate likes leaders on the pitch and Henderson is certainly one of them. He is a selfless player that reads the game well and covers a lot of ground, dropping into areas where he can help the team when he is needed.

“Listen, if Jurgen Klopp trusts him that says it all. He has been unbelievable for Liverpool and other players in the team look up to him. This is a guy that has been there and won it, he’s been around for a long time and he has won everything. I think players like Bellingham bounce off his energy.”

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