“As I've said before, my big concern with the Tottenham striker is that too many people are building him up too big,” the ex-Scotland international said. “All the hype makes me cringe.
“Raise expectations unrealistically and you just put too much pressure on the lad. I'm left wondering if that goal was even counter-productive because of the added expectation it brings.”
Kane scored just 78 seconds after coming onto the Wembley field for his England debut, and has once again increased the hype surrounding him. He is set to lead the line for the Three Lions this evening as they take on Italy, and the 21-year-old will become even more of an icon if he can open his account against so-called ‘challenging’ opposition.
Considering his feats at club level this term, it is no surprise that people are getting excited about Kane, and although Macari is correct to worry about the expectations possibly being too much for the youngster to deal with, he is wrong to complain about the hype.
People watch football to get excited about players like Kane, especially when involved with England as they come around so rarely. For a long time there has been no excitement around the Three Lions squad, and finally people are showing something to bring back support of the national team.
Kane has single-handedly done more for the England team of late than the other squad members combined, and even if the pressure does get to him, he will likely leave a legacy as the player who brought national pride back to Wembley.