Why England benching Kane could be a positive for Spurs

England's Harry Kane looks dejected

The Tottenham striker may find himself rotated for the rest of the European Championships after his replacements impressed against Wales.

England v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group BEngland v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group B

England's striker dilemma has been a dominant subject on the back pages since before the Euro 2016 squad was announced, and it has only intensified after Tottenham's Harry Kane failed to net in the country's two opening tournament games while replacements Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge netted in a 2-1 win over Wales.

But if the Spurs star does find himself less involved in England's remaining matches, Mauricio Pochettino's side could find themselves benefitting more than would initially be expected.

Flash back to last summer, when much was expected of Kane in the Under-21 European Championships, only for the attacker to play every minute in a disappointing campaign that saw England fail to escape their group. He subsequently started the domestic season a little short of the cutting edge he demonstrated in his breakthrough campaign, going 8 games without a goal.

England's Harry Kane looks dejectedEngland's Harry Kane looks dejected

There were queries levelled at the England international as to whether he was suffering burnout, before he finally got back on the goal trail in September.

It is easy to perceive Kane's struggles to make a mark on the tournament so far as a blow to the striker, and with nothing certain in football, it may be that the 22-year-old carries the disappointment into Tottenham's new season. Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has already told Sky Sports he thinks Kane is looking exhausted in this summer's championships.

England's Harry Kane in action with Wales' Neil Taylor and  Ben DaviesEngland's Harry Kane in action with Wales' Neil Taylor and Ben Davies

However, Kane, who started the tournament as first choice, has already demonstrated mental strength and confidence in his ability on more than one occasion. As a young player there is no need for him to expect to be the finished article after two seasons of Premier League football, and Kane has also shown that he is a keen learner from managers that work well with youth.

A little respite this summer, with less pressure on his shoulders due to attacking duties being more widely shared among the England strike force, could in fact leave him fresher for Tottenham's season, and able to contribute goals from the off.

Tottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans after the gameTottenham's Harry Kane applauds fans after the game

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