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Gary Neville: 'Harry Kane should have been rested'

Neville: 'Kane should have been rested'
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Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville insists that Harry Kane should have been rested for the recent internationals with Spain and Switzerland.

Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville has criticised Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate for selecting Harry Kane for the recent internationals with Spain and Switzerland.

Kane scored 41 times in all competitions for Tottenham Hotspur during the 2017-18 campaign, before netting six goals at the 2018 World Cup to claim the Golden Boot.

The player has also registered twice in four Premier League games for Spurs this season but looked laboured in England's matches with Spain and Switzerland.

The 25-year-old's early-season form at Tottenham has also been questioned despite his two goals, and Neville has said that the striker should have been given a rest during the September international break.

"I am concerned about Harry Kane. Since 2015 he has played 175 matches and he's struggling. Forget the physical side, he needs a mental break as well," Neville told Sky Sports News.

"I don't think he should have been here for the two weeks. I think there is a welfare thing in terms of looking after players. He has not had enough of a break since 2015."

Kane will be back in club action when Tottenham face Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend.


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England's Marcus Rashford celebrates with Harry Kane and Kieran Trippier after scoring their first goal in the UEFA Nations League game against Spain on September 8, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Watford2711793935440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham27106113540-536
10Everton2796123639-333
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2774162552-2725
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2745182661-3517
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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