Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins has told talkSPORT why he feels Tottenham’s Harry Kane might struggle this evening against Italy.
Kane is set to make his full England debut for the game and Wilkins has suggested that he will face a challenge like nothing else he has experienced so far this season.
“To throw him in against the Italians, he might not get a kick, because they will know about his reputation; a young upstart coming into Turin in Juventus’s stadium, which will be buzzing – They love to beat the English and it will be a very tough game,” said Wilkins.
Italy are notorious for the lengths they go to with their tactics and their attention to detail in terms of studying the opposition’s key players.
Kane is not a surprise commodity anymore because he has performed well for Tottenham over a sustained period of time.
Italy will know all about him and he has to try and find a way to be effective in the face of some very experienced and very aggressive Italian players.
They will look to isolate him and cut off the supply line into him during the course of the game, which could make it more difficult for him to find pockets of space where he can be effective.
The atmosphere shouldn’t intimidate Kane because he’s already played in some very hostile grounds for Tottenham, but what he might find difficult is the lengths the Italians will go to in order to stop him.
This could be the making of him for the rest of the season if he can put in a good performance and score his second senior England goal.