Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was accused of diving against Arsenal.
Ray Parlour has defended Harry Kane who has claimed that he is not a diver after he received criticism for ‘diving’ during Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal before the international break.
Kane insisted that he doesn’t pay attention to his critics, as he also stated that he is ‘somebody who uses their body well’, as quoted by The Independent.
Prior to the international break, Kane claimed for a penalty late in the game against Arsenal, with Sokratis being the player who challenged him for the ball.
Nonetheless, Kane’s comments would have no doubt have caused controversy with Arsenal fans.
But speaking to The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show (09/09/2019 at 7:50 am), Parlour was defending Kane as he stated that ‘you can be clever’ in trying to win a penalty.
On Kane’s comments: “You can be clever, can’t you? In getting a penalty,” Parlour asked on TalkSport.
“I believe Harry when he says he doesn’t dive,” Alan Brazil responded. “There are players out there who are blatant. Any touch at all and they are down. I think Harry would rather score than go down.”
Parlour then stated: “I think that is exactly right. I think you should look at his goalscoring record. That’s what you should be assessing with Harry Kane. Hat-trick again at the weekend and back in with the goals. He did go down a little bit easy against Arsenal. Well, it was never a penalty. He went down. He’s gone down too easy. He’s not a cheat.”
Claims that Kane dives weren’t only aimed at him during the Arsenal game but during Tottenham’s defeat to Newcastle the week before.
Either way, it seems as though Kane is putting all of that behind him and is focusing on putting the ball in the back of the net – he netted a hat-trick for England during their 4-0 win against Bulgaria over the weekend.
On Tuesday night, Kane will be in action again but this time against Kosovo at St Mary’s Stadium, with a win pushing Gareth Southgate’s side closer to next summer’s European Championships.