Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho believes other England players will need to step up and score goals to ease the burden on ‘his boy’ Harry Kane.
In their last two friendlies before Euro 2020, the Three Lions claimed two 1-0 victories, with Kane playing just 61 minutes as Gareth Southgate managed his time on the pitch.
Mourinho coached Kane at Tottenham for 18 months, with the striker in top form during that time.
In the Premier League, he won the Golden Boot and the Playmaker Award last season after scoring 23 goals and creating 14 for his teammates, like Heung-Min Son.
After a season like this, aside from winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, expectations are high for Kane, who should be the top scorer.
And Mourinho, who joined talkSPORT for Euro 2020 and was on Breakfast alongside Alan Brazil and Ray Parlor for an hour on Friday, gave his opinion on the situation his star finds himself in.
He told talkSPORT Breakfast: “He pays the price for his success and he pays the price for his numbers. People expect him to score goals all the time, and he does.
Host Brazil have questioned whether having another striker alongside the Spurs star might relieve the pressure on him during the tournament, but Mourinho believes it wouldn’t suit the player.
“I don’t think he’s very comfortable with it,” he replied. “I don’t think he’s even used to it.
“What I think is necessary is what we tried at Tottenham is that he falls so much and gets in between the lines and he is such a technical player that he can help and tie the Game.
“If you do that and you don’t have a player looking for depth, you find someone who is moving the ball but who is not dangerous. So I believe they need it.
“In the end, he would naturally drop out and leave his zone, come in deeper and get the ball back. Excellent vision, passes and change of direction and explore the opposite lateral rear.
“He has it all. You can’t say that only he can score goals. Other guys must have this responsibility as well.
Kane was reportedly always close to Mourinho before his sacking in April.
When Parlor asked the Portuguese if he had spoken to his former manager, he revealed that he had already texted him but now allows him to get down to business.
He revealed: “I made yesterday [text him]. Now is the time to [stand back].
“I know how the players are and now it’s time to close the door and leave them in their room with their family and close friends.
“For me, when a player is my boy, he’s still my boy even when we’re not working together. “
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