Liverpool legend explains ‘why I feel so sorry for Harry Kane’

first_imgJohn Barnes feels sorry for Harry Kane because England lack any real creative midfielders.The Liverpool and Three Lions legend was a studio guest for Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, and he discussed England’s ongoing midfield problem.Gareth Southgate’s side were defeated by Spain on Saturday evening in their opening match of UEFA’s new Nations League, with many of England’s weaknesses displayed.The lack of midfield control was a problem throughout the World Cup, and it showed up against a team who are famed for their ability to dominate games from the centre of the park. ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp 2 preparation “I remember when this whole directive to get more comfortable on the ball started a few years ago,” Barnes said. “What we did to promote comfort on the ball was start to get players who are comfortable on the ball.“I think we needed to develop players who could play one and two touch. Instead we got players comfortable on the ball who could take 50 touches. So now we have players who can do that.“Look at [Jesse] Lingard, [Marcus] Rashford, [Raheem] Sterling… they’re all very good dribblers. But we don’t have a creative player like Andrea Pirlo.“So, we either have defensive midfield players like [Eric] Dier and [Jordan] Henderson or attacking midfielder players who just dribble.”Barnes added that this lack of creative players is the reason Harry Kane struggles to show off his best form on the international stage.“That is why I feel so sorry for Harry Kane,” he continued. “As much as he got the Golden Boot and is a fantastic goal scorer, we are not creating any chances for him. How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death RIP LEGEND 2 Thiago Alcantara, the Bayern Munich star, was a key performer at Wembley, and his excellence proved just how much Southgate could use a player with the same skillset as the Barcelona-trained 27-year-old.A small selection of players are showing flashes of these abilities for their clubs, with the likes of Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah of Watford and Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook potential options for Southgate in the future.However, they are still not perfect choices according to Barnes, who believes the FA’s decision to focus on creating players comfortable on the ball has ruined any chance of creating good creative midfielders. drama Kane finished World Cup top scorer, but he never appeared to be playing at top form There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Latest England news ANALYSIS England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard (above) are tasked with supporting England’s attacking play Second is best TALENT Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 explained sad day Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 have a look GETTING READY “It’s because the players we want to be creative are the ones who have too many touches on the ball and who dribble.”last_img