Harry Kane once again spearheaded England’s attack in their inaugural Nations League match against Spain at Wembley.
There have been question marks over the striker’s fitness following this summer’s World Cup exploits – and it was another somewhat disappointing display from the Tottenham star.
The skipper led the Three Lions out to a rousing reception from the Wembley crowd, the national side’s first match since their surprise run to the semi-finals in Russia. Kane always looked for the ball in attack as usual, dropping deep to collect and attempt to dictate the play. However, he was culpable for Rodrigo’s goal when he let the striker escape at a free-kick.
Kane received the Golden Boot for his goals in Russia from before kick-off, but he rarely looked like adding to his international tally. With Marcus Rashford also in attack Kane was able to come deep and he switched the play effectively in the build-up to Rashford’s opener. But a first-half chance went begging when Kane could not get a volley off in time, and a second-half volley on the rebound was lashed wide.
Much has been made of the Spurs frontman’s relatively low-key start to the season, with some claiming he has not looked fit since the World Cup and needs a rest. And while the engine seemed fine, the sharpness is still not there, and he switched off defensively for Spain’s second goal. At least he emerged from facing Sergio Ramos without a dislocated shoulder, which was a bonus.
A disappointing night for England and Kane. Question marks remain about his fitness and the two half-chances which fell to him went astray. Much of the second half passed him by, although he was still willing England forward until the very end.