Collymore says Kane should start against Slovakia

England's Harry Kane arrives before the game

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has struggled for England at the Euro 2016 finals so far.

England's Harry Kane

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has explained in The Mirror why Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane should start for England against Slovakia on Monday evening.

England will take on Slovakia in their final Euro 2016 Group B game at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne in a few hours’ time.

The Three Lions are at the top of the group with four points from two matches.

England's Harry Kane in action

Kane is one of the best young strikers in Europe, but the 22-year-old has not been playing well for England at the ongoing European Championship in France.

In two matches for Roy Hodgson’s side, the youngster has created three chances, has a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 25%, and has won five headers and three dribbles.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge are on song at the moment, and they could be given the nod ahead of Kane against Slovakia on Monday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane wins the 2015/16 Barclays Golden Boot Award, scoring 25 goals.

Collymore, though, believes that Kane should retain his place in the England starting lineup and has explained why.

“Most England fans seem to think Roy Hodgson should drop Harry Kane for Slovakia,” Collymore wrote about Kane in The Mirror. “After all, he looked sluggish against Russia and Wales, while Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge came off the bench and delivered to ensure the boys of St George slayed the Dragons.

“But I’m adamant over the course of the past two seasons the Tottenham man has earned the right to be England’s first-choice centre-forward and I hope he is given another chance.”

“Don’t get me wrong, he is hanging on to his place by a thread and he hasn’t been great at this tournament, nor was he against Portugal in the final warm-up,” added Collymore. “But as long as he hasn’t got a knock or a niggle I’d tell him to go out and give me 45 minutes in the final group game then change things up at half time if it still wasn’t working.”

Kane scored 25 goals and created 44 chances in 38 Premier League matches for Tottenham last season.

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