Most of the talk before England’s game against Italy last night centred around the performance of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Kane, who has been outstanding this season, headed to Turin looking to back up a goal on his senior England debut against Lithuania against an experienced and determined Italian team.
However, it was another Tottenham star in Andros Townsend who came off the bench and stole the show with a stunning strike, which earned England a draw they can be proud of in Turin.
In terms of Kane’s performance, it was clear how the Italians looked to deal with him, with their main tactic being to try and isolate him from linking up with the rest of the England midfield and attack.
However, he worked hard throughout the game and tried to have an impact and give himself space to be creative and attack during the key moments.
He’s not always going to pop up and destroy sides in the same way as he did against Leicester City and it’s important that he learns how to play against experienced and tough backlines in very experienced teams.
His league form this season has been outstanding and his performances over the international break shouldn’t do anything to detract from the idea that he can be key as Spurs look to fight their way into the top four in the Premier League.
The game against Italy last night might do his confidence the world of good, but it was vital for his experience and the next time he comes up against a stubborn defence, which is determined to keep him out of action, he should excel and find a way to be the difference for his side over the course of 90 minutes.
Here’s what Tottenham fans had to say about Kane’s performance last night.
Decent performance from England tonight, overall. Good goal from Townsend and Kane looked comfortable in his first start.— Harry (@HarryD_1997) March 31, 2015
Decent England performance tonight, just a little worried about Harry Kane, he has now gone an entire game without scoring? #fa— Peter Biltong (@biltong_pete) March 31, 2015
Harry Kane looked like he was playing his 50th cap not his 2nd a very mature performance. This guy will win 100 caps easy!— Mike Rumin (@mikeyr27) March 31, 2015
Kane done ok tonight wasn't his best performance but think he would have learnt a lot playing against someone like Chiellini #Kane— mark hillman (@markhillman2) March 31, 2015
Whilst i'm biased, it's funny Kane is getting the blame for this performance. Do these people watch football?— Carl (@CarlTHFC) March 31, 2015