Paul Merson believes Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane shouldn’t have been playing for England in the Nations League this month, writes the TBR.
The Arsenal legend, writing for Sportskeeda, thinks the Spurs striker and Three Lions captain should’ve been on holiday.
Kane played 50 competitive games for Tottenham last term, after going all the way to the final with England at Euro 2020.
In addition, the Spurs talisman has played in all but one of the Three Lions fixtures this season.
This month, England played four Nations League fixtures in the space of 11 days.
Kane played the full 90 minutes in three of those, and came off the bench for 25 minutes against Italy.
In just a few weeks’ time, Tottenham embark on a busy pre-season that includes matches in South Korea and Israel.
And Merson admits he “can’t believe” Gareth Southgate actually called Kane up and played him in these last four England games.
He insists Kane – a “shoo-in” up front for England – needs to be as fresh as possible ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
“I don’t see much of a debate here – Harry Kane plays up front.
“He’s a shoo-in for the World Cup, and I can’t believe he’s played in these Nations League matches, to be honest.
“He should’ve been on holiday – now he only gets three weeks.
“We need Harry Kane to be fit and fresh for the World Cup.
“He also needs runners around him – there’s no point in him dropping deep if no one’s making the runs.
“Raheem Sterling is the perfect foil for Harry Kane.”