After England decision Harry Kane still embarrassingly claims didn’t dive v Newcastle and Arsenal
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick on Saturday.
England winning 4-0 against Bulgaria on their way to qualification for the 2020 Euros.
After scoring the first in open play, Harry Kane scored two penalties. One when Marcus Rashford was fouled, then another when the Spurs striker was himself fouled.
Penalties, or rather penalties not given, have been the big talking point of the England centre-forward’s season.
Already having a reputation for trying to con the referees, embarrassing dives this season against both Arsenal and Newcastle in an attempt to win spot-kicks, have led to Harry Kane being held up for ridicule.
A real shame for a player of his quality, especially when it is the England captain repeatedly trying to con referees.
After successfully winning that penalty on Saturday, in the aftermath of the game Harry Kane found him once again grilled on the subject.
However, Harry Kane is unrepentant and still insists he isn’t a diver…
“I have never felt I should apologise for diving and hopefully I don’t have to.
“I said after that [Arsenal] game it was a 50-50 challenge.
“The week before against Newcastle we were denied a clear penalty.
“The year before against Arsenal we had a penalty from a similar challenge given against us.
“It happens in football and I am someone who uses his body well, which as a striker you have to do.
“On the halfway line it’s a free kick every day of the week.
“In the penalty box you don’t always get it.
“People’s opinions are their opinions. I wasn’t concentrating on that sort of stuff.
“For me, it’s about doing my best on the pitch and the most important thing is winning games.”
The big mistake by the referees in those Arsenal and Newcastle matches was that they didn’t book Harry Kane for trying to con them. Although a yellow card is a feeble punishment anyway when it comes to a potential game changing decision if they successfully fool the ref.
Hopefully the use of VAR will see the likes of Kane being picked up for diving and punished, then he might at last learn his lesson.
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