Jamie Redknapp defends Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane

England's Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane struggled in England's first match against Russia.

England's Harry Kane shoots

Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that he could not disagree more with people stating that Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane was tired against Russia.

England could only manage a draw against Leonid Slutsky’s side last Saturday, with Kane not having his best match.

England's Harry Kane

The Spurs striker failed to get particularly involved in the match, but Redknapp did not feel that this was because in fatigue.

Redknapp claims that Kane was just having an off day against Russia, but he has backed the 22-year-old to be at his best when England take on Wales later this evening.

“People said Kane looked tired and leggy against Russia but I couldn’t disagree more,” Redknapp said.

“It just wasn’t his night on Saturday and I’d be amazed if he’s not on the scoresheet on Thursday afternoon.

“He will feel that this is his chance to shine, although he will need support from midfield runners such as Dele Alli as he could be isolated up against a back three.”

England's Harry Kane takes a freekick

Reports have suggested that Roy Hodgson has considered dropping Kane for the match against Wales, but it seems likely that the Spurs striker will start.

Kane remains England’s main striker, following a season where he finished as the Premier League’s top scorer.

England will need Kane to be at his very best later today, as they are under serious pressure to beat Wales.

The Three Lions could only draw their first match against Russia, and any result other than a victory against Wales would leave their qualification hopes in doubt.

England's Harry Kane in action

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