A Harry Kane conversion from the spot against Lithuania ensured England completed their World Cup qualification campaign without a single loss.
The encounter was devoid of any excitement, as the Three Lions took their foot off the gas having already secured a plane ticket to Russia with a win over Slovenia on home turf.
The penalty was crisply converted by Kane as you would expect, taking his tally for the national team to 12 goals. Despite his impressive form for both club and country, Harry Kane’s goal scoring prowess has been studiously ignored.
Golden boot winner
Harry Kane claimed his second golden boot last season to become only the fourth person to win back-to back golden boots after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.
The Tottenham striker however went one further than his predecessors, earning a place in the history books as the youngest player to ever retain the golden boot- at 23.
His natural ability to allure and outwit defenders is impeccable yet he never gets a mentioning among the current Premier League greats.
In fact, Kane has often been tagged as a flash in the pan, injury prone scorer of tap-ins; a sad and demining indication of his under appreciation as a striker.
The English curse
The reluctance to acknowledge Harry Kane’s quality is no news for the national team. In fact, Kane is only the latest recipient of the ‘English curse’ which was equally accorded to the likes of Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.
Rooney, who hanged his international boots and rejoined Everton, never received enough credit for his qualities despite being the leading goal scorer for both Manchester United and the Three Lions.
Michael Owen on the other hand never got a listening despite winning the Ballon d’Or.
The under recognition of local talent however could be the manifestation of frustration emanating from England’s inability to win a major tournament for more than half a century.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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