Fans react to another disappointing Harry Kane display
So there it is. After months of anticipation for England and Scotland to once again battle it out at a tournament, we were treated to a damp squib at a damp Wembley.
It was a match that we'd been looking forward to ever since the two rivals were drawn in the same group way back in November 2019.
But it's safe to say that whilst the match was no thriller, one set of fans came away from the clash far happier than the other. The draw for Scotland keeps their tournament hopes alive.
For England though, fans have reverted back to the Southgate-hating, doom and gloom state of misery and panic that they'd adopted in the build-up to the tournament.
On Twitter - the home of reasonable opinions - #itsnotcominghome was trending, and hopefully the likes of Kane and Sterling didn't decide to give the app a little scroll after the match.
The Tottenham striker in particular was not getting a lot of love, as he fired another blank after failing to score against Croatia as well.
Harry Kane touched the ball just 10 times in that half, only one shot which was off target. Game has passed him by. #Euro2020
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 18, 2021
Harry Kane / Harry Can’t pic.twitter.com/S7KYM3rROV
— Sebastien-Abdelhamid (@SAbdelhamid) June 18, 2021
Harry Kane VS Scotland 2021 highlights HDpic.twitter.com/Zi2ZylpHcW
— Danny (@DannyAaronsFUT) June 18, 2021
Kane has started dropping that deep he’s tryna take credit for clean sheets my heads on Pluto https://t.co/08Sd0q7iG8
— M. (@M10Packed) June 18, 2021
Others though were a bit kinder on Harry, pointing out that he simply wasn't given any service throughout the game.
Give the ball to Harry Kane and the chances are he’ll get you a goal. If you don’t, he can’t.
— Paul Coyte (@Coytey) June 18, 2021
The issue for Harry Kane is that there's not another one of his quality to either finish what he creates when he drops deep, or creates for him to finish when he stays up top.
— Søøs (@FTHeritage) June 18, 2021
Tactically poor from Southgate. England have nothing in their set-up to help Harry Kane. Sterling has been poor for months, yet Foden gets pulled. Sancho, one of the best young players in the world, can't even get on the pitch. Same old England 🏴 #EURO2020
— Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) June 18, 2021
Of course, Scotland fans had a much simpler answer as to why England's star man seemed to go missing for the 90 minutes...
Rumor has it... Harry Kane is still in Kieran Tierney’s back pocket 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/T1tEUc7U0r
— 𝐁𝐑𝐎𝐎𝐍𝐘 (@TheInfamousJnr) June 18, 2021
HARRY KANE and PHILIP FODEN,, WELCOME TO McGULAG pic.twitter.com/G2PpKiF9qF
— . (@GaIIese) June 18, 2021
The Harry Kane conundrum is a source of major concern for all connected with England. Whether it's the service he's getting, fatigue from a long season, or just a patch of bad form its worrying.
But let's try not to panic hey? As tempting as it is.
England were good against Croatia, and Kane hasn't become a bad player overnight. Bad games happen, and it's all about how England respond now. I mean, look at Portugal in 2016. They had three disappointing draws in the group stage and went on to win the tournament.
It's been a reality check for England (and probably Harry Kane as well). But let's keep the faith.