Alan Smith explains why Kane should start over Vardy for England

England Training - EURO 2016

The Tottenham striker may get another chance to get off the mark when England take on Iceland in Monday's last-16 match.

England's Harry Kane shootsEngland's Harry Kane shoots

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has had his say on what strike pairing Roy Hodgson should pick, in comments given to Sky Sports, and he maintains that Tottenham star Harry Kane should be given another opportunity to impress against Iceland.

The Spurs forward has of course failed to make the impact he would have hoped for in the group stages, having started against Russia and Wales. Fellow forwards Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy came on against Wales and helped win the game, but were themselves disappointing in the 0-0 draw against Slovakia that meant the Three Lions slipped to second spot in Group B.

England's Jamie VardyEngland's Jamie Vardy

For Smith though, there is no doubt that Kane still has plenty to offer, with the 52-year-old suggesting why he should be selected over Vardy to play alongside Daniel Sturridge against Iceland.

"I would like to see him [Kane] in the side because when he is playing well he is so important to us in the way he leads the line and holds up the ball," Smith said. "He is a very intelligent player and perhaps somebody like Sturridge can work off him.

"It might be difficult for Jamie Vardy to have any influence because there won't be much room in behind to run into."

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

There were accusations that Kane may be struggling for energy after a long season at White Hart Lane that saw him scarcely rested, as the club's only recognised centre forward.

And though Kane himself has denied that, Smith hopes starting the Slovakia game on the bench will have helped him refocus, with England coming up against a side who may approach the match in a similar way.

"Harry has had a good rest and he has looked flat," Smith added. "He says he is not tired and you'd expect him to say that. Hopefully he has been re-energised.

"Sometimes when you are sat on the bench and you are looking from there, just mentally, you can get a bit of life, a bit of a break I suppose, and you can come back stronger."

Smith spent eight successful seasons at Highbury as a player, helping Arsenal to two league titles in the process. He scored 115 goals in 347 matches for the Gunners and went on to make 13 appearances in what was a short England career.

But despite his connections to Tottenham's rivals, he has shown himself to be a big fan of Spurs talisman Kane, and is one of several ex-players now working in the media who believe the 22-year-old remains key to England hopes in the European Championships.

Harry Kane celebrates with Jamie Vardy after scoring the first goal for EnglandHarry Kane celebrates with Jamie Vardy after scoring for England

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