Sam Allardyce has placed the blame for England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia on Harry Kane.
Kane is likely to end this summer as the winner of the World Cup’s Golden Boot, having scored six goals in five games.
He leads Romelu Lukaku by two goals, with both set to face off in the third-place play-off on Saturday.
Former England manager Allardyce believes that Kane’s two misses in quick succession against Croatia cost them.
The Tottenham striker was put clear by Jesse Lingard before Danijel Subasic saved his first shot, then turned his second onto the post and clear.
“What went against us was that the quality of our own finishing in open play – it let us down,” Allardyce told talkSPORT.
“Had we gone in 2-0 up, I don’t think there was any chance Croatia would have recovered from that. Particularly the double miss from Harry – as a striker, you’re employed not to miss those chances when they come along.
“I don’t want to be unkind to Harry Kane, because he’s an absolutely brilliant striker, but Raheem Sterling was in a much better position and that little ball across the box and a little tap in would have made it more certain.”