England legend John Barnes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT yesterday that he feels Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane has no control in a key area.
Barnes voiced concerns over the level of pressure being attached to Kane, with the Spurs attacker set to start the match against Lithuania alongside England captain Wayne Rooney.
“He doesn't have any control of the pressure that's put on him by the media, the press and the fans, as long as he's supported by his teammates and his club he'll be fine,” said Barnes.
“Young players who haven't really achieved anything are put under pressure when they shouldn't be.”
Kane has been Tottenham’s main man this season with 29 goals in all competitions, which has seen his status at White Hart Lane improve to a level he may not have thought possible.
Pressure and expectation goes through the roof for any player representing England because the exposure and source for criticism becomes so much larger.
However, the pressure is something that shouldn’t really bother Kane considering he’s been under pressure all season.
He’s effectively played as Tottenham’s main striker in the majority of big games, with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor showing nothing in terms of being able to take some of the pressure away from him.
Fortunately for Kane he’s not the only Tottenham player in the England camp and he’s also surrounded by players at club level who have emerged under similar circumstances.
He’ll be fine and if anything the international break will only benefit him.