England got their 2018 World Cup campaign off to a strong start with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tunisia last Monday night with captain, Harry Kane scoring a double. After dominating the first half, the Three Lions made hard work of it as the game went on and in the end, were arguably quite fortunate to win the match. The Tottenham striker, who is captaining the side, bagged his first goals in a major tournament during the win and there will no doubt, be a lot of pressure on his shoulders to continue to deliver this summer.
Born in London, Harry Kane grew up as an Arsenal supporter and was on their books at a young age but switched to the white half on North London at the age of 10. However, he didn’t fully break into the Tottenham team until the age of 21 where he burst onto the scene, scoring prolifically almost instantly. He has since scored more than twenty-five goals in each season since the start of 2015-16 season.
After a deserved call-up, Kane made his debut for England in March 2015 and got off to flyer as he scored less than a minute after coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley. Despite his decent start to his England career, Kane, along with his team-mates, had a disappointing Euro 2016 as England were dumped out in the Round of 16 by Iceland and the Tottenham striker, quite noticeably, under-performed.
Since then, he has begun to discover his scoring prowess of his club football at international level and did not disappoint on Monday as he scored a brace to fire England to victory. There will now be a lot of pressure on his shoulders to keep performing at this level as he is considered England’s talisman just like he is for Tottenham.
There is no questioning Kane’s ability, as he has proven himself every season since he broke into the Tottenham team in 2014 and with the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier (his club teammates) also being in the England team, he will no doubt be filled with more confidence playing with players he knows very well.
Despite this pressure on him, he is generally a level-headed individual and quite often performs on the big stage as he has also proven at club level. It is important that he emulates his performances in the Premier League and Champions League at international levels if he is to be considered a top, top player. He certainly has the potential and the ability but can he handle the pressure of being the main man for his country?
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