Rangers midfielder Joey Barton criticised Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane’s performance for England on the Weekend Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Sunday morning (broadcast from 7am, June 12).
Kane featured in England’s opening Euro 2016 game against Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday evening.
The 22-year-old striker started the Group B match and played for the entire 90 minutes, as the Three Lions played out a 1-1 draw.
Former Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Barton, who recently joined Scottish Premiership-bound Rangers on a free transfer, was not impressed with the performance of Kane.
“Harry Kane was incredibly disappointing for me yesterday,” said Barton on the Weekend Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Sunday morning (broadcast from 7am, June 12).
“People were talking a lot about him before the tournament and rightfully he had a lot of praise, but his hold-up play. When you play that nine and you are on your own up there, you have got to be get hold of the ball first and foremost.
“He was playing against two wily campaigners in (Sergei) Ignashevich and (Aleksei) Berezutski. They play together at club level. They are very well organised.
“For what they lack in pace and what they lack in youthful years, they make up for in experience and knowhow, and they absolutely schooled him.”
Against Russia on Saturday evening, Kane created two chances, had a pass accuracy of 71%, and won three headers and three dribbles. The Tottenham striker took shots, but neither of them was on target.
Kane’s performance against Russia was far from impressive, but it must also be noted that he did not get much service and support.
One bad display should not be a massive concern, as the Tottenham striker is a very good player and England fans should be optimistic about him turning on the style in his next game.