Kane breaks silence on the FA joining in new national pastime of mocking him
Harry Kane has broken his silence – after being ridiculed by his own FA – to ask why a mixed-up nation mocks its players.
Spurs talisman Kane returned to the goal trail on Monday night in his bid to complete a hat-trick of Golden Boot awards as the Premier League’s top scorer – and made no bones about his quest.
But, after being the butt of a poorly-conceived, now-deleted tweet, for which the FA apologised – following Tottenham’s Cup semi-final defeat against Manchester United last Saturday – Kane asked: “Would other countries do that to their players? Probably not.”
It has been open season on Kane since he claimed Spurs’ second goal in the 2-1 win at Stoke a month ago, though he applied no obvious touch to Christian Eriksen’s net-bound free-kick.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino branded the FA’s official FA Cup Twitter account “embarrassing” after they posted a message asking United defender Chris Smalling what was in his pocket and attached a short video clip of him saying, “Harry Kane”.
After scoring his 27th Premier League goal of the season, and his 42nd in all competitions for club and country, Kane insisted he had moved on from his initial wave of anger.
He said: “The FA tweet was a silly tweet, we all know that. I talked to the gaffer about it and all we said was, ‘Would other countries do that to their players?’ Probably not.
“But it’s gone now – that was nearly two weeks ago and I’m over it. The gaffer may have said that I’m sad about it, but I am focused.
“I’m a guy that gets over things and, if it’s happened, it’s happened, we move on and I look forward to the next game. That is all I worry about – getting out on the pitch and trying to do my job.”
Kane is not the only England player to suffer undeserved treatment from fans this season – his Spurs team-mate Dele Alli and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling have also been singled out.
Asked why hammering our own stars has become an industry in itself, he shrugged: “It’s strange. Maybe it’s a mentality thing.
“It’s easier nowadays to take the mickey out of England players, so, if we don’t do well at the World Cup, people can say, ‘We told you so’ – but maybe that is a weaker mentality.
“England have got to go (to Russia) with the mindset and the belief that we can do it.”
And Kane insisted his recent experience will not drive him off social media.
He said: “On social media, you are going to get a few people who don’t see eye-to-eye and being a fan is about having an opinion.
“Everybody is passionate about their club, but, as a nation, when it comes to the World Cup, that is what comes first.
“Personally, I will always engage with the fans. It is just a small number who overstep the mark – you can’t get down about it. When you or the team are not doing well, they are going to look for certain individuals to dig out. It’s part of the game.”
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