Paul Parker questions Harry Kane’s starting position with England after Hungary performance

Former England international Paul Parker believes captain Harry Kane’s uniform no longer deserves a place in the Three Lions’ starting lineup and says the Tottenham striker should have been substituted on Tuesday when the Hungarians lost 4-0.

The English suffered a comfortable defeat in a Nations League match at Molineux, their biggest home loss since a 5-1 defeat to Scotland in March 1928.

Kane hasn’t scored from a field goal in his last six caps, last scoring in November in a 10-0 thrashing of the Mannose in San Marino, in which he scored a total of four goals.


Harry Kane played the full 90 minutes as England lost 4-0 to Hungary (Nick Potts/PA)

Parker has represented England 19 times in his career, including six World Cups, and believes Kane’s recent performances do not warrant a spot on the team.

He told the PA news agency, “Where has he been? He returned to the middle of the field, trying to become the tenth number. England needed a centre-forward and he wasn’t even in the game.

“He didn’t even try to remove Harry Kane from the field. He didn’t even make it to the sprint.

Just because you’re a captain doesn’t mean you can’t be removed. His season doesn’t mean he has to be completely honest.

“Harry Kane is getting recognition and he had a bad season. If a player scores from a penalty, it does not mean that you are in shape.


Paul Parker is a former Manchester United defender (Adam Butler/PA).

“His club form was not good, his national team form was not very good. You don’t even know it’s there, to be honest.

“The problem is, we don’t have any other options.”

After the game, the “You don’t know what you’re doing” chant was directed at England boss Gareth Southgate as the team had yet to score in open play in their four Nations League matches to win.

With less than six months left before the World Cup, England have only two remaining Nations League games to play before they kick off their campaign in Qatar against Iran on 21 November.

Parker didn’t mind when it came to the attitude of the players in the Three Lions shirt and believes the Premier League has a precedent for some over England duties.


Gareth Southgate has been the target of some England fans chanting (Nick Potts/PA)

“When it comes to playing for your country, England is one of the worst,” he said.

“It’s because we live in this world where we have the so-called best league in the world. We put it before the game for our country.

“Other countries don’t, they can’t get in there to represent their countries fast enough, and we have players looking for ways to get out of that.”

Parker is a longtime supporter of the fight against prostate cancer in the UK and rode his bike 145 miles last weekend, riding from the Lee Valley Bike Park in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to Amsterdam and raising more than £320,000.

This was the second time Parker had done a charity bike ride. Shortly after his first trip, Parker discovered that his father had been diagnosed with the most common cancer among men.


Paul Parker cycled 145 miles from London to Amsterdam due to Prostate Cancer UK/PA.

“It went on until my dad got prostate cancer so I went and got tested,” Parker explained.

“Now I am at the forefront of a survey of blacks getting tested and hopefully this will encourage other blacks to get tested.

“I have two boys, I think about them. I’ll let them know what I’m doing and what my intentions are, and it’s up to them if they want to get tested.”

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