The Ideal Way for Kane to Silence his Critics is to Stay Silent
Harry Kane’s crown as the golden boy of English football has slipped in recent weeks, and silence is the best way to try and get it back in place.
Kane has a burning desire to retain his Golden Boot title for the Premier League’s top scorer, and he showed as much by claiming that a goal originally credited to his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Christian Eriksen was his.
In a post-match interview following the Stoke City game, Kane said: “I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball.”
Really? To say he would stake the life of his daughter for the sake of a goal were ill-chosen words in the extreme. And things have snowballed from there.
Kane has been the butt of jokes on social media for quite some time, while at the PFA awards dinner recently, PFA chairman Ben Purkiss joked: “Harry Kane is so prolific that he is able to score without touching the ball.”
The key word there is joked. That is what it was, a joke, but Purkiss has come under pressure – with some reports suggesting Kane’s family are “furious” and see the mocking as a form of “bullying.”
The official FA account got in on the act following the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Tottenham. Kane had a quiet game, and in a Twitter post the organisation posed a question to Red Devils defender Chris Smalling asking him what was in his pocket, to which the player said “Harry Kane.”
Whether it is the place for a governing body to be posting such things is a different conversation, but Kane would do well to ignore them.
Whether he is fuming or not, commenting on them only adds fuel to the fire. And that was done by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino who at a press conference on Friday said that the situation had made Kane “very sad”.
Such comments only serve to provide ammunition to those who spend time on social media poking fun at others.
If the worst they can throw at Kane are a few jokes about him claiming things that might or might not be his, or rib him when he has a quiet game, then he should be thankful as other players down the years have had to deal with far worse.
David Beckham had to endure the sight of effigies of him being burned and pictures of bodies in Beckham shirts being hung from goalposts after he was sent off for England at the 1998 World Cup.
Steven Gerrard will never be allowed to forget his slip against Chelsea that played a part in Liverpool not winning the title in 2014, while Raheem Sterling is pilloried for buying something expensive one day, and the next is mocked for being spotted in bargain shops.
The best thing Kane can do is get his head down and focus on his football.
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