Harry Kane has hit back at accusations of diving following his match-winning heroics in England’s thrashing of Bulgaria.
The England captain was in unstoppable form at Wembley on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick and setting-up Raheem Sterling’s goal in a 4-0 win that maintained Gareth Southgate side’s 100 per cent record in Euro 2020 qualification.
Harry Kane insists he is NOT a cheat after being criticised for diving in Tottenham matches
Kane was in inspired form as he played a key role in England’s rout over Bulgaria at Wembley
But the striker has vehemently denied assertions that he is a serial play-actor, saying: ‘I’ve never felt like I needed to apologise for diving, and hopefully I don’t have to.
‘I said after the Newcastle game it’s a clear penalty from my point of view. I said after the Arsenal game it’s a 50/50 one, similar to one we got given against us at Wembley the year before.
‘It happens in football. I am someone who uses his body well which as a striker you have to do at every level.
‘On the half-way line it’s (the Arsenal incident) a free kick every day of the week. In the penalty box you don’t always get it.
The striker reiterated that he has been fouled in those games and he has not dived for penalties
‘People’s opinions are their opinions. I wasn’t concentrating on that sort of stuff. For me, it’s about doing my best on the pitch and the most important thing is about winning games.’
Kane’s goals against Bulgaria took his international tally to 25, overtaking Sir Geoff Hurst into 11th in the list of England’s all-time leading goalscorers.
Given the rapid pace Kane, 26, has accumulated his goals for England in his 40 appearances so far, the Spurs striker appears destined to break Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 international goals.
‘It’s obviously something that when I score for England, people bring up. But I’ve said before it’s still a long way off and there’s a lot that can happen,’ added Kane.
‘(Overtaking Hurst) is a great milestone to reach, something I’m very proud of, but I’m always looking forward for the next one, the next set of goals and see if I can get to 30 and how quick I can get to 30.
‘I don’t study the records, I don’t want to distract myself from what’s the most important thing which is the team. I’ve got to make sure I try to stay injury free and that I keep my place in the England team because we’ve got a lot of competition for places, so that’s all I’m focused on.
By netting a hat-trick against Bulgaria. Kane rose to 11th on England all-time goalscorers list
‘If we’re a few years down the line and I’m getting close, then it will be great.’
Kane’s club and international colleague Danny Rose, added: ‘Harry is mentally very strong. He is strong willed, he is literally the ultimate professional, the best professional I have ever trained with or played with and his record for club and country is no co-incidence.
‘He is really dedicated. He does not drink, he does not go out. He does extra every day and works on his left foot and right foot and when things are not going right at our club, he is the first one to say what we need to do in the changing room.
‘He is literally the first player in and one of the last out and is a great privilege to play with him.’