June 3, 2016 (AFP) -Harry Kane admits England's spluttering attack
still has plenty of room for improvement ahead of their Euro 2016
Roy Hodgson's side wrapped up their preparations for the
tournament in France with a 1-0 win over Portugal at Wembley on Thursday
and the main talking point of a drab display was the lack of cohesion
between England's three forwards.
Hodgson opted for a diamond formation that saw Wayne Rooney deployed just behind a front two of Kane and Jamie Vardy.
it was the first time they had all played together and, with England
lacking any penetration on the flanks, Tottenham striker Kane and
Leicester forward Vardy found themselves forced to drift wide to the
right and left respectively.
Kane finished as the Premier
League's top scorer with 25 goals, and Vardy netted 24 times as
Leicester won the title, but they rarely had the chance to combine in
dangerous areas, with Vardy touching the ball only nine times.
Kane confessed England would need to spend time fine-tuning the
formation before their first match at the Euros against Russia on June
"Of course we would probably want a few more chances and a
few more shots on goal, but it's something we are working on," Kane
"We are still working on stuff. That's what we have these three friendlies for, to prepare for the tournament.
"Whether it's tactics or set pieces or anything else. We are learning to see what works and what doesn't.
"We can use that in the tournament. Of course we will debrief the game after our few days off and see what works best.
"It's one game. It isn't just going to happen overnight. We have been asked to play together and we won the game."
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perennial problem for England is the failure of their supposed star
players to replicate their club form on the international stage.
so little time to prepare before each match and long breaks between
internationals, Kane admitted it can be tricky to strike up an instant
rapport on the pitch.
"Of course it is always difficult when you
come away with England. You haven't got a lot of time to prepare like
you do for your clubs," he said.
"But we are England internationals. You have to be able to cope with that.
don't think you can judge it from one performance. It's always
difficult when a team goes down to 10 men so early. You have to be
"Portugal just dropped off and made it very difficult for us to get through the middle of the pitch.
tempo is probably something we could have done better. We could have
been a bit quicker in the final third but it is a learning curve."
England are still a work in progress, Kane is confident the attacking
options available to Hodgson, which also include Daniel Sturridge and
Marcus Rashford, will make his team a formidable force in France.
"Of course there are things we can work on but we are in a positive way and we take that into the Russia game," he said.
"It's great. You want everyone on top of their game, especially strikers, and we've got that.
"We've got a lot of competition for places, which is good."
was fortunate to leave Wembley in one piece after being caught on the
head by a crazy and potentially dangerous, studs-up, tackle from
Portugal's Bruno Alves.
Alves was sent off for the first half
moment of madness, but Kane escaped with only a few marks on his head
and shoulder, although he never received an apology from the Portugal
"I've got a few scratches but obviously I got away with one there. I'm happy I'm still here!" Kane said.
"I'm lucky I didn't have a few stitches in the head. He didn't apologise. He was down in the tunnel."
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