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Harry Kane received a scathing review despite England sealing top spot in Group D with Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Czech Republic at Wembley.
Raheem Sterling netted the only goal of the game as Gareth Southgate’s side sealed the victory and advanced through to the knockout stage as group winners.
It was an impressive if somewhat underwhelming performance from the Three Lions, who took advantage of their first-half superiority but laboured in the second 45 minutes.
Whilst they secured the three points and kept another clean sheet – their fifth in a row – England were once again sluggish in attack and did not create any scoring opportunities in the second period.
Harry Kane has struggled to hit top form for England at Euro 2020
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)
Captain Kane once again struggled to find top form, having failed to register a shot on target across his first two matches of the tournament – against Croatia and Scotland.
The talismanic Tottenham striker once again could not find the net in the win over the Czechs, mirroring his side’s attacking struggles with England scoring just four goals across their last five matches.
Kane was criticised by leading French sports newspaper L’Equipe , who gave the striker a lower player rating than any other starter in Southgate’s team.
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The 27-year-old was rated at a four out of 10 performance and was outranked by four of the Czech Republic players, despite their loss.
Not only did Kane once again fail to be directly involved in a goal for his team, his other stats during the match were believed to be an area of concern.
The Spurs star completed just 59 percent of his attempted passes during the encounter and of his paltry 46 touches of the ball, he conceded possession 18 times.
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Kane only touched the ball two times in the opposition penalty area and his heat map from the match showed that he regularly dropped deep in the pitch to receive possession.
The striker took on a playmaking role at Spurs last season with great success, but he has failed to replicate this in England’s attacking system, where he has often retreated into his own half.
There were four England players who rated only slightly higher than Kane, scoring just five out of 10.
Full-backs Luke Shaw and Kyle Walker were given this rating by L’Equipe alongside both of the holding midfield players: Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice.
There were slightly higher ratings for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defender John Stones and attacking midfielders Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish – all of whom were rated as having a six out of 10 performance.
The two most impressive players on the pitch for L’Equipe were returning central defender Harry Maguire and goalscorer Sterling, both of whom were rated as seven out of 10.
This was also the rating afforded to boss Southgate, while his counterpart Jaroslav Silhavy was rated as four out of 10.