Kane looking to emerge from scoring slump
CHANTILLY, France (AP):
Some of the continent's top strikers are finding it tough at the low-scoring European Championship, stifled by so-called weaker teams employing defensive tactics to grind out points.
England striker Harry Kane might know this better than anyone.
The leading scorer in last season's English Premier League with 25 goals for Tottenham, Kane didn't score in the group stage and doesn't remember even having a sight on goal against the deep, packed defences of Russia, Wales and as a second-half substitute Slovakia.
Iceland are next up for England in the last 16 on Monday, and it could be more of the same.
"Every team in the Euros is a good, solid team. They have a good base and can defend and make it difficult for us," Kane said yesterday. "You see it at club level, too. There are teams who put in good performances to make it difficult for the big ones.
"That's something we are going to have to deal with."
The average of 1.92 goals per game in the group stage is the lowest at a European Championship since 1992. Kane is in good company in not scoring yet Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller were expected to be among the top scorers in France but didn't find the target in group play. France's main striker, Olivier Giroud, has scored once.
The result for Kane was being substituted at halftime of England's second game, against Wales, and then starting on the bench against Slovakia. He is battling with Jamie Vardy to start up front against Iceland in Nice, having arrived at the tournament as England's first-choice striker.