Saying that the debate is a futile one until he proves himself on the biggest stage of all, critics of Harry Kane have today claimed that the Tottenham Hotspur striker won’t be considered truly world class until he scores the winning goal in the 1966 World Cup final.
Kane, who put three past Cypriot side APOEL in the Champions League last night, has scored 34 goals in 30 games in 2017 – more than seven other Premier League teams – but many journalists feel that even that is not enough to lift him into the upper echelon of players.
According to many journalists who were in attendance in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia yesterday, Kane remains outside if the top bracket of footballers, and will unfortunately continue to do so until he defeats the Germans in extra-time at Wembley Stadium on 30 July, 1966.
“Look, Harry is clearly a wonderful player. He has it all: he scores with both feet, his head, he has pace and he is both strong and intelligent on the ball. No one who knows football would dispute any of this. But until he can score the winning goal for that truly great team in the World Cup final 61 years ago he’ll always be just a good player,” said a Mirror journalist, before rejecting claims that the English media is harsh on the Spurs striker.
“No one wants to see Harry Kane succeed more than the British media. I’m absolutely certain of that. And believe you me, if he does succeed in travelling back, knocking Portugal out in the semis and then doing away with the Krauts in the final, we will be the first to champion him as one of the best in the world.
“Every England fan wants to see Kane being carried around on the shoulders of his teammates next to Geoff Hurst and George Cohen, and we sincerely hope that one day he’ll do it.”