Ince claims Kane is yet to perform at a big tournament for England

Date published: Friday 18th June 2021 1:26 - Joe Williams

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Paul Ince claims Harry Kane is yet to perform for England at a big tournament despite winning the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.

England started their Euro 2020 campaign by winning the opening game at the finals for the first time in the competition’s history.

Raheem Sterling hit the only goal in a 1-0 win over Group D rivals Croatia in a game where Kane was largely on the periphery.


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Kane scored six goals as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018 but Ince reckons his “performances weren’t great” then either.

Ince told Paddy Power: “Harry Kane will play against Scotland, but he will be disappointed with his performance against Croatia. He is world-class, but I’m yet to see him perform in a big tournament.

“Even though he got the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot, his performances weren’t great. I expect him to put on a great performance against Scotland.”

England host Scotland at Wembley on Friday night as they look to guarantee qualification from the group stages and Ince has made his prediction for the game.

The former Manchester United midfielder added: “Scotland need something from this game. If they lose, they’re out of the tournament. There were such high hopes for Scotland’s squad, they’ve got brilliant players like Andy Robertson and Scott McTominay. They’re good enough to qualify for the next stage, but they’ve got to get past England first, which is tough.

“England were superb for 20 minutes against Croatia, after that it was a professional job. England must raise their game, though I can’t see us losing. It will be a repeat of the result in Euro 96: England 2 Scotland 0.

“Raheem Sterling is a player that English fans pick out for criticism, but he’s always been very good for England, and it was great to see him get his goal against Croatia. I fancy Sterling to score again, with Harry Kane getting the other goal.”

But Ince has warned England that they cannot afford to take Scotland lightly, he continued: “At Euro 96 we faced Scotland in the second match and that was huge. We drew against the Swiss and knew we had to win.

“We made mistakes, sometimes saying, ‘we should roll over the Scottish team’. It didn’t pan out that way at Wembley in ’96, Scotland played really well.

“People talk about Gazza’s goal, but the pivotal moment was David Seaman’s wonderful penalty save from Gary McAllister. We won comfortably and that was a turning point for us in the tournament, and positivity emanated from the press and England fans.

“England can’t believe this is a foregone conclusion because, even though Scotland got turned over by the Czechs, we can’t think it’s going to be easy and Gareth will tell the squad that.”

 

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