Former England striker Alan Shearer believes Harry Kane has missed his opportunity after two poor performances for England at Euro 2016.
Tottenham forward Kane drew a blank for the second successive match and put in a well-below par display as England fought back from 1-0 down to defeat Wales with a last-gasp Daniel Sturridge winner.
Sturridge and Jamie Vardy were half-time replacements for Kane and Raheem Sterling and Shearer believes the Spurs striker’s time has gone.
“When you’re a striker your neck is on the line in every game,” Shearer told The Sun. “If you get a chance and miss it, that is what will be highlighted by pundits like me.
“It is even harder in tournament football because you only have a month to prove yourself — actually forget that, probably a game or two.
“For all the goals Harry Kane has scored for Tottenham over the season, we were all looking for an impact in these opening two games of England’s group – and he could not make it.
“Kane was not able to produce in the first two games and there was simply no time left when he was subbed at the break yesterday.
“But I do feel slightly sorry for him as he was up there on his own for both games, whereas when Daniel Sturridge came on he had Jamie Vardy with him. Then Marcus Rashford came on late on as well to give the Welsh defence even more to think about.
“Kane has not had that same support. But his chance might be gone as in the next game Roy Hodgson now has to start with Vardy and Sturridge up front.
“I’d have a diamond in behind with Rooney at the peak of it, Dele Alli on the left, with Adam Lallana right and Eric Dier at the base of it.
“Now that will concern any team in this tournament.”
— Lothar Matthäus (@LMatthaeus10) June 16, 2016
ITV pundit Lothar Matthaus claimed Kane’s conditioning at the tournament looked poor and the striker certainly looked jaded against on Thursday after playing his 62nd match of the season against Wales on top of 56 games in 2014/15.
And Shearer, who criticised Roy Hodgson’s subs in the draw with Russia, had no qualms about the England coach’s changes in Lens.
“We simply were not giving the Welsh defence enough to think about in the first half in Lens yesterday. There was no width, not enough bodies in the box and not enough chances being created.
“Roy’s neck was on the block at the break and he had to make those changes. They were bold and they were right – and they came off.
“I criticised him in this column after the Russia game for getting things wrong with his subs, so it is only right we praise him for getting it right yesterday.
“It could be a 45 minutes that defines Roy’s tenure,” added Shearer.