Harry Kane hits back at Gary Neville and Ian Wright theories ahead of England and Netherlands clash

Harry Kane England Netherlands

Harry Kane is set to start for England in their crunch Euro 2024 showdown with the Netherlands

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 10/07/2024

- 12:07

The Bayern Munich star will be hoping to fire his side through to the final of Euro 2024

Harry Kane has hit out at Gary Neville and Ian Wright, with the two pundits concerned about the striker's fitness ahead of tonight's Euro 2024 clash with the Netherlands.

Kane has struggled at the European Championships so far, with the Bayern Munich star scoring just twice.

He has looked well off the pace, with Neville and Wright questioning whether he's fully fit.

Neville has even suggested that Kane might be receiving injections to help him play through the pain, with the 30-year-old suffering with a back injury prior to the tournament.

Harry Kane England Netherlands

Harry Kane is set to start for England in their crunch Euro 2024 showdown with the Netherlands


Now, however, Kane has insisted he's fit enough to start for England.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he responded to the ITV pundits by saying: “If you look over the last couple of major tournaments, there’s always been at some stage question marks over my fitness or my form. I think it is part and parcel of it.

“I always say I want to score in every game. I want to try and help the team in every game from that sense.

"But also my role isn’t just scoring goals. My role is a lot of work defensively, a lot of work without the ball, a lot of work in leadership.

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“So of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I know everyone wants me to score three goals a game and I want to score three goals a game.

"But it’s not always the case.”

He added: “Maybe, sometimes when I don’t score I think the fitness one is an easy one just to throw in now – ‘why? Is there a reason? Is it his fitness? Is it not?’

“But like I said before the tournament, I felt like I had a good preparation going into it, I felt like I’m getting better and sharper as the games go along.

"Ultimately, it’s just down to me performing on the pitch.

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“We have a semi-final ahead of us and of course I’d love nothing more than to score a couple of goals and get through to the final.

"So that’s what I’m trying to do, as always do my talking on the pitch.”

Another big talking point has been Kane's role in the side.

The Bayern star has been static in some matches - and dropped too deep in others.

But Kane isn't too fazed by criticism over his performance and insists he'll always do 'what's best for the team'.


Harry Kane England Netherlands

Harry Kane has blasted back at Ian Wright and Gary Neville ahead of England's Euro 2024 showdown with the Netherlands


“When I’m dropping deep it might not necessarily be to get the ball," he said.

“It might be to create space for players around me or drag defenders out of their positions and leave space for others.

“As you’ve seen in my game in recent years I like to get on the ball and turn…I criticise myself as much as anything and I know there’s been times in games for sure where I could do better and move better especially in and around the box.

“Ultimately I do what’s best for the team and I know I’ll always be judged on goals.

"But if you had said before the tournament I’d have a couple of goals, I’d be in the semi-finals, I’d have bitten your hand off.

Harry Kane England Netherlands

Harry Kane insists he's fully fit ahead of England's Euro 2024 showdown with the Netherlands


“So there’s a lot of perspective. I understand it.

"I understand we’re in a major tournament and that at the end of the day everyone just wants the best for England and wants us to go through.

“But if you really understand football and analyse football there are different reasons for dropping deep and staying high and that’s what we work on throughout the week, to exploit the other team.”

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