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England player ratings: Kane, Sterling struggle

England player ratings: Kane, Sterling struggle

A close-range finish from John Stones cancelled out Roland Sallai’s penalty but England couldn’t find a winner as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary. Here, we rate the individual performances on a frustrating night for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Jordan Pickford – 6

Restored to the side after Sam Johnstone was handed a start against Andorra. Went the wrong way for Sallai’s penalty but had little else to do, with Hungary failing to muster any shots on target from open play.

Kyle Walker – 6

Given more of a defensive remit than fellow full-back Shaw. Did not have too many problems at the back but some of his long-range passing was a little wayward.

John Stones – 8

A good night for the centre-back, who remains a key figure for Southgate despite struggling for playing time at Manchester City. Took his goal well and went close to a second when he headed narrowly wide. Defended well and completed 94 of his 97 passes.

Tyrone Mings – 6

Not as assured as his centre-back partner. Seems to have cemented his status as England’s third-choice centre-back behind Stones and the absent Harry Maguire but struggled with the movement of Hungary’s forwards at times.

Luke Shaw – 5

Conceded the penalty for Hungary’s opener when he was penalised for a high boot on Loic Nego. Earned a booking for that misjudgement and while he had some good moments going forward, he looked unconvincing defensively throughout.

Declan Rice – 6

A difficult night for the West Ham player, who was often outnumbered defensively due to Southgate’s decision to field an attack-minded midfield in the absence of Rice’s usual partner Kalvin Phillips. Worked hard, though, and only misplaced one of his 65 passes.

Phil Foden – 6

Handed another chance to impress in midfield following his eye-catching display against Andorra. Not as influential this time around and occasionally caught out of position defensively, although his outstanding delivery for Stones’ equaliser was another reminder of his quality.

Mason Mount – 5

Fortunate he was not punished when a loose pass in the first half allowed Hungary to spring forward on the break. Typically tenacious off the ball, making four tackles and three interceptions, but sloppy on it and, like Foden, sometimes left Rice exposed.

Jack Grealish – 7

Lined up on the left-hand side, where he combined effectively with Shaw, and relished the freedom to drift across the front line. Won the free-kick for England’s equaliser on the right and caused Hungary problems until he was surprisingly taken off for Bukayo Saka.

Raheem Sterling – 5

Attempted more shots (three) and completed more dribbles (four) than anyone else but lacked composure at key moments. Headed straight at Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in the first half and spurned a one-on-one against him in the second.

Harry Kane – 5

Another subdued showing from a player who continues to look out of sorts. Denied an early goal by some last-ditch Hungary defending and let down by poor control on other occasions. Sent Sterling through on goal with one fine pass in the second half but only had 19 touches overall and his sliced effort shortly before his withdrawal summed up his night.

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Bukayo Saka – 6

Had some good attacking moments after replacing Grealish although almost cost England a goal when he was robbed near his own box. Fortunately, Filip Holender blazed his shot over.

Jordan Henderson – 6

Brought on in place of Sterling as Southgate rejigged his midfield but his passing radar looked a little off.

Tammy Abraham – 6

Headed a late opportunity wide – although it would have been ruled out for offside. Replaced by Ollie Watkins in stoppage time due to an injury.

Ollie Watkins – n/a

Only on the pitch for a few minutes after Abraham was forced off but did at least manage a shot on target when he fired at Gulacsi.

What’s next?

England will play their final two World Cup Qualifiers in November – hosting Albania at Wembley on Friday November 12 before a trip to San Marino on Monday November 15.

Hungary play on the same days, hosting San Marino before finishing off their campaign away to Poland.

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Nev: Man City would walk Premier League with Kane

Gary Neville says there would be no Premier League title contest this season had Manchester City managed to snare Harry Kane away from Tottenham over the summer.

City came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in a breathless and pulsating Premier League encounter at Anfield on Sunday, but the game further highlighted a lack of cutting edge in the champions during a dominant first half.

Pep Guardiola saw a £100m bid for England striker Kane rejected, and while City were open to including players in addition to the cash offer, Tottenham refused to budge and Kane ultimately declared an end to the saga on August 25 by committing to Spurs for another season.

The title race is shaping up to be the closest in many years as the season enters the October international break with the top four separated by just two points, but Neville, speaking on his latest podcast, believes it would have been a foregone conclusion had City signed a recognised natural goalscorer in the shape of Kane.

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Man City without Kane leaves lingering doubt

Kane still waits his first league goal of the season
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Kane still waits his first league goal of the season

I still don’t feel like this is the same Liverpool team of a couple of years ago who were both blistering in and out of possession. Something has gone a little bit and there’s no doubt they’ve worked really hard over the past four or five years.

They look like they need a refresh to get back up to that level – the level they’re at now could still be enough to win them the title this season.

But they allowed City to gain a lot of confidence in the first half and they’re brilliant on the ball even when they’re not at their best. A Kevin De Bruyne who was absolutely flying would’ve punished Liverpool before half-time.

Jurgen Klopp will be happy that his team got a point, but Liverpool were at full-pelt to stay with this City team. City deserved to at least draw that game.

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Micah Richards, Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher analyse Manchester City’s attacking options and debate whether they need a striker.

When City equalised a second time, Pep knew it was a big moment. It was one of the most ferocious celebrations we’ve seen from him. His team delivered. Chelsea could win the league, but this City team is special.

There is just one thing that stands in their way.

Everybody in the league knows it and everyone in Manchester City knows it. Every pundit knows it and everyone in the country knows it: have they got that ruthless, cutting edge in games?

There’s just a pattern emerging of them not scoring. I know they scored two today, but really in the first half they should’ve been out of sight. Will that cost them come the end of the season?

Will they fall short because they just haven’t got that striker, who’s going to get those 25-30 goals for them? We know they can all contribute but they do lack that point up front.

Nev: Man City would walk Premier League with Kane

Kane is gold. Forget the form he’s currently in. Against Liverpool with those City players, he’d have definitely taken one of those chances in the first half. The league would be done.

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We’ve rightly praised City’s recruitment over the past few years and Guardiola gets the best out of them, but to not get a centre forward over the last few years has been a surprise.

With Edin Dzeko and then Sergio Aguero leaving, it’s not as if it’s come as a shock. Gabriel Jesus hasn’t quite been trusted by Pep and they didn’t go all the way for Harry Kane.

In the past, they’ve done the same in turning down the price for Alexis Sanchez – but then have a Plan B. You expect a club like City to have someone lined up as a temporary measure to play even for 12 months.

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I know Pep likes to play with a team of midfielders, but there is that doubt that exists only through them lacking a striker. If Manchester City had Harry Kane, I’m telling you now this league is done.

It would be done. Forget the form that Kane is currently in. Against Liverpool with those City players, he’d have definitely taken one of those chances in the first half.

He’s gold, so he’d remove any doubt that I have about City.

Ronaldo walk-off puts pressure on Ole

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Gary Neville, speaking on his podcast, felt that Ronaldo storming down the tunnel after Manchester Utd’s draw with Everton will have put immense pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will need to be managed in the next couple of months.

I watched the game and I watched him walk off. I can’t say I liked it.

Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team don’t win? Of course.

We know those things. He doesn’t have to prove that.

He walks off the pitch, muttering to himself, which throws questions up in the air. What is he saying? Who is he annoyed with? It can only come back to the manager.

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Ronaldo didn’t hang around at the final whistle

Cristiano is smart enough to know actions like that will bring real pressure on the manager – more than he is already under.

It is what it is, but I think that is something that has to be managed in the next couple of months.

Cristiano is not always going to score and he maybe can’t play every game. But if he’s going to walk off like that, it’s going to put immense pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”

Ole has restored values… but needs trophies

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has ‘no regrets’ for starting Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford.

The worst that could happen for me with Ole is that he’s been an incredible bridge, from a period where the club lost its identity and it lost its way.

There is no doubt the club lost its way in reaction to Sir Alex Ferguson’s leaving the club. Ole has returned some of the values to the club.

There’s a group of players who I think do want to play for the club. The signings have been a lot more Manchester United-like.

But I do now think with the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, recognised world-class talents, comes a pressure to deliver.

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Ole knows that. He said it in his press conference. He does have to win. You have to win a trophy when you’re three or four years in and you’ve got players like that.

He has to look after himself, Ole, he has to be selfish, he’s got to make sure that he manages Cristiano in the right way.

I think he’ll have a word with him and say, ‘Look, if we’re going to do that, let’s do it in the changing room’.

But Cristiano is not a sheep either. He’s not just going to follow and say, ‘I’m not going to say anything’. He will demonstrate his dislikes and his lack of happiness with situations.

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Skipp: Kane needs help from team-mates to regain form

Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp says his side needs to step up and help Harry Kane regain his goalscoring form.

The England captain has yet to find the back of the net in five Premier League outings this season, something which has not happened since 2016.

Kane, who saw a desired move to Manchester City fail to materialise in the summer, has been starved of service. Spurs have the second-lowest number of goals, the lowest number of shots and the least number of chances created from open play.

Skipp says Kane’s team-mates need to start creating for him while also chipping in goals with himself.

“For sure, there are lots of people that need to contribute,” he said ahead of Sunday’s visit of Aston Villa.

“There are people who have stepped up and all the players know we have a world-class striker, so we would be stupid not to use him.

“But all of us need to step up and help create chances for him or get goals in other ways, maybe set-pieces so it doesn’t just fall on Harry to score all of the goals, there are other players capable of doing that.”

Despite returning to pre-season training late amid summer interest from City, Skipp says Kane is still the consummate professional.

Oliver Skipp says Tottenham need to provide Kane with better service
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Oliver Skipp says Tottenham need to provide Kane with better service

“Everyone knows what he brings not just to the pitch, but the training ground, he said.

“Everyone goes on record to say he is a brilliant trainer and always doing everything he can to get into the best possible condition and that continues.

“You look at someone like Dane (Scarlett) or myself, just to watch and see what he does and take little things from his game and implement them into your game can only help the younger players especially.”

Kane’s lack of goals have been highlighted by the fact that Spurs have lost to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal to an aggregate score of 9-1 over their last three games.

That has seen boss Nuno Espirito Santo come under early pressure, but Skipp, who has been given a chance by the Portuguese this season, insists the players are all behind him.

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Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says he is not focusing on criticism of him and his team after three Premier League defeats in a row.

“Definitely. As a group, we are fully aware that the last few games we haven’t been at our best, but we are definitely still behind the manager and trying to implement the stuff we are working on,” he added.

“It was always going to take time coming into this environment but everyone is definitely behind the manager.

“As players, we take responsibility for the performances on the pitch. We know we weren’t at our best in the last few games but we also know at the start of the season there were signs of what we need to do and the work the manager has put in.

“OK, we had a few bad results, but we have stayed positive and knew that it was a long process and that things were going to take time – and that will come with time.”

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Kane marvels at bonus hat-trick

Kane marvels at bonus hat-trick

Harry Kane said his hat-trick from the bench in Tottenham’s 5-1 Europa Conference League win over NS Mura came as a bonus.

The England captain struck the 13th treble of his Spurs career after coming on just before the hour-mark against the Slovenian outfit.

The hosts were winning 2-1 at the time after goals inside the first eight minutes from Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso and Kane’s cameo settled matters.

Having failed to find the back of the net so far in five Premier League outings and looking well below his best, his quickfire treble could prove a timely boost.

“Every striker wants to score goals. I probably wasn’t expecting to come on today but it’s nice to get the minutes,” he told BT Sport.

“Whenever you see the ball hit the back of the net it’s a good feeling. Hopefully we can take it into the weekend. It was nice to come off the bench and score a few goals.”

Although Spurs were in early command, Mura, who were only formed in 2012, got back into the game after Ziga Kous scored the goal of his life and Spurs were looking fragile against the lowest-ranked team in the competition.

Nuno salutes impact of Spurs subs

Boss Nuno Espírito Santo introduced Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura and it paid dividends as Spurs ran riot. Nuno said the decision was not pre-planned, but needed because of how the game was panning out.

He said: “I think the game needed. In the best way, the best way was to have the players on the pitch and they brought the energy the team needed definitely in that moment.

“The team needed the energy and it was good. It was good for the team and good for everybody. Today was important to perform the way we did. A good result and this way we recover better and prepare for the next one better. A lot of positives.”

On Kane gaining confidence from his hat-trick, the Portuguese added: “It is important for everybody, I always insist. The more important thing is that we have all the players in the best they can be.

“All the squad today was important for players that didn’t have too many chances, they played 90 minutes. For the future it is important to prepare what is in front of us so all the squad is needed.

“I back all the players, all the players have my total support. All of them. We have to support them and help them find the level that I believe they have, which is talent, quality. If we have all the players in the best we can have a good squad and team.”

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Kane nets hat-trick as Spurs thrash NS Mura

Harry Kane came off the bench to score a 30-minute hat-trick as Tottenham eased the pressure on Nuno Espirito Santo with a 5-1 victory over NS Mura in the Europa Conference League.

After conceding three goals in three successive league defeats, Spurs could ill-afford another setback but required just eight minutes to put the game beyond the Slovenian champions.

Captain Dele Alli won and then converted penalty in the fourth minute before Giovani Lo Celso rifled in a brilliant strike four minutes later to leave Spurs with a handsome half-time lead.

A stunning volley from Ziga Kous – the goal of the game – halved the deficit for NS Mura but Kane come off the bench just before the hour and converted three close-range efforts in half an hour to seal the victory which lifts Spurs top of Group G, after Rennes win at Vitesse Arnhem.

To what extent Thursday’s morale-boosting victory heals the wounds from Sunday’s North London derby is up for debate, but, at the very least, Spurs have laid a foundation from which to tackle the tougher tests to come.

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What’s next?

Tottenham host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday at 2pm.

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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirms transfer plans as Harry Kane future uncertain

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirms transfer plans as Harry Kane future uncertain

“Anything can happen in football and everything can happen so fast,” claimed the Tottenham manager. 

“This transfer window is difficult because of the Euros and what happened in the pandemic – and the struggles the clubs have had from this. 

“This has delayed things but, as a club, we’re aware of it and working on a daily basis. We have to be ready for whatever happens and to react, if necessary. 

“To improve our squad is not such an easy job. We have to be really accurate and clinical with what we bring in.” 

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Tottenham boss Nuno sends defiant Harry Kane transfer message to Man City – ‘Our player’

Tottenham boss Nuno sends defiant Harry Kane transfer message to Man City - 'Our player'

Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo is determined to keep hold of Harry Kane. The new Spurs boss was asked about Kane’s future in his first press-conference and said Kane is “our player”.

Kane revealed earlier this summer that he is keen to leave Tottenham in search of silverware.

But his new coach has no intention of allowing Kane to leave, despite reported interest from Manchester City, Man Utd and Chelsea.

“Harry is our player. Period,” Nuno said on Friday. “There is no need to talk about anything else. Now is the time for him to recover his energy. When he comes again we will have time to have a good conversation.

“Now he must prepare for what is coming, I am looking forward to him joining the group.

“I’m excited to work with all the players. It is best to work with the best players around and Harry is one of those.”

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The 47-year-old coach was not known as the most attacking of managers during his tenure at Wolves.

But, amidst fears from the Tottenham supporters that they could be in for another season of tough-to-watch football after Jose Mourinho’s disappointing campaign last time out, the Portuguese coach has promised to entertain.

“What we want is to make our fans proud, to get them to enjoy their team and their players,” he said.

“We will create a good atmosphere and help the players in every moment. Our football must reflect what we are doing. I am totally positive the fans are going to love it.”

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Spurs begin their first campaign under Espirito Santo with a tricky opening-weekend against defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s side will visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the prime Sunday afternoon kick-off on 15 August, where Kane is expected to line up against his biggest suitors.

Spurs will also play in the inaugural Uefa Europa Conference League this season, a competition that the new manager is expected to use as a chance to bed in some of the club’s promising young players.

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Manchester United stance on Harry Kane swap deal with Tottenham – EXCLUSIVE

Manchester United stance on Harry Kane swap deal with Tottenham - EXCLUSIVE

Manchester United aren’t planning a swap deal with Tottenham in order to sign Harry Kane, Express Sport understands. The England international has been linked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ahead of the Euro 2020 final with Italy. But the Red Devils are focusing on other targets instead.

Kane wants to leave Tottenham.

The 27-year-old has grown tired of the north London giants’ failure to win trophies, with the striker yet to win any silverware throughout his career so far.

That could end on Sunday if England beat Italy to win Euro 2020 but, regardless, Kane feels the time is right to try his luck elsewhere.

Over the past 24 hours, a move to United has been talked up. Despite the Red Devils landing Jadon Sancho, they know they can’t rely on a 34-year-old Edinson Cavani for the long term.

With Kane one of the best strikers in world football, Solskjaer’s side could certainly be forgiven for targeting the Spurs marksman.

Yet Express Sport has been told that claims United are readying a swap deal are ‘nonsense’.

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Instead, the Red Devils are prioritising the arrival of a new centre-back and central midfielder as they target Premier League title glory next time out.

At the back, Raphael Varane is being eyed.

United are making good progress on a deal for the France international, who is ready to leave Real Madrid after a decade of glittering service over in sunny Spain.

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt but, having signed Sergio Ramos on a free transfer from Los Blancos, are now poised to look at other areas of their squad instead.

United have long admired Varane, with interest dating back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.

And there’s a confidence over at Old Trafford the player will sign on the dotted line, a decade after he first turned them down.

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In midfield, United are targeting a deal for Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga.

While some concerns exist over the talented 18-year-old, such as his maturity and lack of Premier League football, he’s very much their chosen target at the current moment in time.

West Ham star Declan Rice is also of interest but there’s a realisation the Hammers won’t let him leave on the cheap, with a fee of £100million previously mooted.

And whether United can add more players to their roster is something only time will tell, with Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton already snapped up.

Meanwhile, Kane has spoken about what playing in the final of Euro 2020 will mean to him – and also opened up on potentially matching Sir Bobby Moore by lifting a major trophy.

“Whenever your name is mentioned in the same company as players like that, it only gives you motivation, gives you confidence,” said Kane.

“It will be an incredible achievement, we’ve all waited so long as players and the public as people to see us in the final. These are the opportunities to grab with both hands.

“We have an amazing chance to win our second major trophy as a country. The players we’ve had over the years and produced, we feel proud to be representing them as well.

“We’ve got to be excited for it, we’ve got to enjoy it. We’re all winners here, we all want to win. And we’re going to need every bit of that to get the job done on Sunday.”

Kane also admitted it would be the biggest match of his career so far.

“It’s the biggest game in my career so far,” added the Tottenham star.

“Probably the biggest game of all our careers.

“Doing something special with England would probably surpass anything at club level just because of the magnitude, the long wait for a final, the long wait to win a trophy.

“At the moment, it doesn’t feel too different.

“We’ve come back to camp, pretty much in the same routine we have been for the last few games. A bit of nerves, a bit of excitement. As the game gets closer, you’re more focused.”

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