England's Harry Kane has warned referees not to be conned by theatrics at the Euros
Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane has sent out a warning to referees ahead of the European Championship, pleading with them to be strong in the face of expected theatrics in France, as reported by Sky Sports.
Kane is now seen as an integral part of Roy Hodgson's team that will kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia on June 11th, and he had some strong words of advice for the referees at the tournament when speaking to Sky Sports:
"We'll see what happens come the tournament but hopefully the refs stay strong."
The Spurs striker's words came after he was savagely kicked in the head by Portugal's Bruno Alves on Thursday night, but immediately got back to his feet. He avoided the temptation to play-act, although in this case, he would have been perfectly entitled to do so. He referred to the incident, highlighting it as an example of the English attitude:
Portugal's Bruno Alves fouls England's Harry Kane before being sent off
"I'm always someone who always gets up and doesn't make the most of it. It's good that the ref stayed strong. Other refs might have thought it wasn't as bad as it was and maybe given him a yellow but it was a sending off at the end of the day."
Kane's team-mate for club and country Eric Dier has suggested that England need to be more 'street-wise' in their play in France, but Kane disagrees, claiming it's part of the English culture not to feign injury:
Harry Kane and Eric Dier have different opinions on how England should approach the Euros regarding play-acting
"I know what Dier means but I think a lot of English players are known not to go down as easy as players from other countries."
Kane will be hoping to take his impressive club form into the Euros and help England win their first major trophy since 1966.
Kane will lead England as they look to win their first major trophy in 50 years