Jamie Carragher wants Harry Kane dropped for England’s last group game

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Jamie Carragher believes that Harry Kane should be dropped from the England starting XI for their last Euro 2020 group game.

The Three Lions are looking to beat the Czech Republic at Wembley as they aim to finish top of Group D on their way to the round-of-16, having already secured a place on four points.

But fans have not been too impressed with the performances of the Tottenham star, who has only had three shots on goal over the win against Croatia and draw against Scotland.

It has seen calls build for Gareth Southgate to take this season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner out of the starting line-up.

And Carragher, who made 38 appearances for his country over 11 years, believes that even the prospect of one goal does not outweigh the benefits of giving him a rest.

Writing in his Telegraph column, the former defender said: “If Kane scores, many will say he has 'proved people wrong’.

“Football has evolved beyond the point where a striker's performance is judged solely on whether he scored.

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"It's the general play for 90 minutes which must be of the highest standard. That is what the top coaches judge.

“The days when converting a penalty or scoring a tap-in is considered 'job done' are long over.

"Kane doing so against the Czech Republic will be no measure of form for the rest of the tournament unless the overall level improves.”

The Spurs forward is looking for the 35th international goal of his career, with his next appearance set to be the 57th since 2015.

It is backed up with an incredible scoring performance for his club, with 221 goals in 336 appearances – but he could have scored the last in the famous white shirt after expressing a desire to leave.

And it has sparked a huge offer from Premier League rivals Manchester City, who have offered ‘five’ first-team stars to acquire his signature.

  • Harry Kane
  • England Football Team
  • Euro 2020
  • Jamie Carragher

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