Senior England players have started to turn the screw on Roy Hodgson in the aftermath of the Three Lions’ 1-1 draw with Russia, demanding he drop line-leader Harry Kane for Leicester City speedster Jamie Vardy.
Given the source – a quoteless story ran by The Sun – punters are advised to digest the information with a liberal dose of salt, especially when it’s considered that, as the fifth-oldest player in the squad, it can be assumed that one of those ‘senior players’ in question is Vardy himself.
In this context, the likelihood of Hodgson revamping his entire tactical plan for the tournament based on the opinions of the man who stands to directly benefit from the change is remote in the extreme and besides, those pressing for a change up top should know all about England’s first-choice corner taker and his tendency to start slowly.
This was made evident for the third consecutive season when he went five Premier League games without scoring to kick off the previous campaign.
He required the same length of time in 2014/15 before he bulged a top-tier net for the first time, while four appearances were needed before he bagged his first goal at English football’s highest level.
In continental football, Kane made eight Europa League appearances before breaking his duck, while he failed to notch on his Capital One and FA Cup bows also.
Obviously, over the short format of an international competition, England can’t afford to give Kane five games, but if can acclimatise quickly, his record for Tottenham Hotspur suggests his marksmanship will only improve as the tournament progresses.