Why has Harry Kane struggled to perform for England in the Euro 2020?

Harry Kane and England have below-par performance till now in Euro 2020. They have scored one goal in two matches. Gareth Southgate should act quickly to bring England campaign back on track.

Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Gareth Southgate of England against Scotland
Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Gareth Southgate of England against Scotland

England international Harry Kane has had a forgettable Euro 2020 tournament so far. Something has to be changed for the 27-year-old and England team massively if England are to win the European Championships this summer.

The star striker has failed to score a single goal so far from two matches. Moreover, he was substituted in both matches. There could be several factors that have contributed to his situation.

Lack of service crippling Kane

Harry Kane has been starved of service this summer, and Gareth Southgate will have to sort out that problem in order to get the best out of his number nine.

Kane’s teammates will have to ensure that they try and pick him out in the final third as often as possible instead of holding onto the ball just to control possession.

For example, the likes of Reece James have often been seen in a perfect position to cross, but the Chelsea defender ended up pulling the ball back.

Perhaps starting the likes of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho consistently could help create more opportunities for the Tottenham star.

Alter his playing style

Meanwhile, the England striker will also have to work on his tendency to drop deep and act as an auxiliary playmaker.

Kane needs to concentrate on taking up goalscoring positions and making runs into the box where his teammates can find him.

The Tottenham striker has often been an unselfish player for club and country, but he will have to change his style in order to score more goals.

Kane has had six touches in the opposition box so far, with just three shots to his name. In comparison, Italian striker Ciro Immobile has had ten shots for his country.

Furthermore, the England striker has been fouled incessantly this summer, and only the likes of Duda and Pandev have been brought down more often in the European Championships so far.

More involvement needed

Southgate needs to tweak his lineup to get his striker more involved in the game. Kane has had 26 touches per 90 minutes for England this summer, and only the likes of Pukki and Rebic have touched the ball less than him out of all the strikers playing in Euros.

England have a talented squad at their disposal, and they have what it takes to win the tournament this summer. However, it will be impossible for them to do well if their star striker continues to falter at this level.

It remains to be seen whether Gareth Southgate can find a solution to get Harry Kane firing once again.