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Kevin Doyle Thinks Harry Kane Will End Up Costing England At Euro 2024

Kevin Doyle Thinks Harry Kane Will End Up Costing England At Euro 2024
Rob O'Halloran
By Rob O'Halloran Updated
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England are up and running at Euro 2024 but it was far from easy as they held out for a 1-0 win against Serbia.

There is major expecatation on Gareth Southgate's to go on and win a major championship having been beaten on penaties in the Euro 2020 final in London.

Superstar midfielder Jude Bellingham headed home the decisive goal, but his fellow teammates failed to show their class with Phil Foden and Harry Kane both coming in for criticism.

Foden failed to impose himself while Kane - who hit the woodwork during the game - failed to cause major problems for the Serbian defence.

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Kane, who suffered a trophyless debut season with Bayern Munich, still had a good individual campaign, winning the Bundesliga's golden boot.

However, former Ireland striker Kevin Doyle is not convinced that the 30-year-old has what it takes to lead the line for England to a successful Euro 2024 campaign.

Kevin Doyle Claims Harry Kane Could Cost England

Doyle, who is working as a pundit for RTE during the competition, was critical of Kane when reflecting on his efforts in England's opening fixture.

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The former Spurs star is widely regarded as one of the world's best in his position but Doyle has questioned his physical attributes, which he believes have diminished in recent seasons.

He came into the last Euros and he was really slow starting," Doyle said.

"He scored a few penalties and came into the side against Italy and Chiellini did a wonderful job on him. It was the easiest job he ever had to do because Harry kept coming short and had no legs to run in behind.

"Had they taken Kane off after 60 minutes England would have been European champions coming into this.

"The other night I thought he would be fresh but talking to Didi (Hamann), he said how poor Kane was in the second half of the season for Bayern.

"Nevermind the amount of goals he scored, his overall play had gotten poorer and poorer as the season went on.

"I thought he looked tired and legless against Serbia. He doesn't have the pace to run in behind - he has to stay up the pitch now. I don't think he has the legs to make a difference.

"He will get you goals still but to win a tournament - to be that striker - he is not the player he was four or five years ago."

A blunt assessment from Doyle, who might be in the minority when it comes to England's all-time top goalscorer.

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Elsewhere, Foden found himself in the firing line of Premier League winner Cesc Fabregas who was not entertaining excuses from Micah Richards as to why he failed to make an impact.

SEE ALSO: Cesc Fabregas Quick To Call Out Micah Richards' Excuses For Phil Foden No-Show Vs Serbia

 

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