arry Kane was criticized for a poor performance against Hungary on Tuesday night as England were held to a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
Former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United star Roy Keane is disappointed with Kane’s intermittent form, having ended his 15-goal streak in the Three Lions playoffs with a quiet outing.
Keane told ITV Sport after the game: “There is no middle ground with Kane.
“When he’s on fire he’s fantastic and when he’s off – and we’ve seen him a few times before – it’s like he’s on his heels and can’t adjust to the game.
“Whatever happens at club level, he has to do a little bit more when he’s not at his best in terms of overall play.”
Kane only got one shot on target before being substituted 15 minutes from time, which in itself was an overwhelming assessment given that England were chasing a winner. The forward also only managed 12 completed passes and 21 touches.
Despite his previous streak of goals for England, he has failed to touch the net in the Premier League this season following a transfer saga from Tottenham.
As the player insists he feels good about his chances, ITV expert Ian Wright has raised concerns about Kane’s form.
Wright said: “At the moment he’s not playing well. He doesn’t look sharp. He plays in a way that hasn’t become that of Harry Kane.
“He’s an elite striker and when he plays like that you’re going to answer questions. But he doesn’t look keen – those instances where he should stay away, to have the opportunity, but he goes in depth and at the moment he doesn’t seem in the right place.
“I just see someone who isn’t quite comfortable. He started the season very slowly and he needs to adapt because he is a bit slow. Harry Kane will be fine, he just needs to get going.
Ex-Arsenal and England star Lee Dixon has said Kane, like all forwards, will have good and bad runs in front of goal – but he was not helped by a lack of serve at Wembley.
Dixon noted, “We expect this from him every week you go through patches. All in the summer, everything came suddenly for him. He’s in great shape and the team hasn’t created much today.
“He will start scoring goals again. I agree it has lost some sharpness, [he’s] slow, shoulders down.