Date: 4th July 2018 at 9:16am
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It’s really very difficult to question whether Harry Kane’s world class or not – sure he’s not won anything – but he’s hit a point now where one has to ask ‘is that actually his fault?’

Daniel Levy’s £200,000 per week ring of steel around the boy is looking like one of the few sensible things the ENIC enforcer has ever implemented.

England have been a bit plagued with mediocre sides wanting to stop them by cheating, and England have had the mental and physical strength to plough past these parasites (he last England player to be fouled more often in a World Cup match than Kane in this match [9] was Alan Shearer in 1998 against Tunisia [11].)

My fear is that the parallels between England and Spurs are all too crystal clear.

Beyond Kane there are far too many wasted berths.

Dele Alli with a note from his mother or his physio or his barber – there’s always a note.

The superbly mediocre Jordan Henderson.

Jessie Lingard who does something truly useful ‘once in a while’ [Terms & Conditions Apply].

And of course the ever animated yet simultaneously mentally inanimate Raheem Sterling.

When you’re scouring a squad in order to hand out praise and you end up giving awards to dull functionaries like Dier and Maguire, you know you’re waiting to get beaten by a better team.

Dear god in heaven, England’s bench then boasts the competition winner Danny Welbeck.

The force of nature that is Harry Kane could yet take England to the final.

There’s no two ways about it, despite England having no midfield, and if Kane isn’t the one shooting, the balls tend not to go in.

An equally bright light however has been Kieran Trippier.

This has been a memorable tournament for the lad and it’s rare thing to watch such authentic displays from a English international.

I guess that’s what sets Tripps and Kane apart from the rest, they are authentically good footballers.

Daniel, that’s another wage packet that requires your immediate attention, another chance for you to do something remarkable; pay market rate twice in the same lifetime.

My money is this being the extent of Levy’s bravery.

A few quid on top from a pile of notes that are almost smudged from being double and triple checked by the heavy grind of forefinger and thumb to make sure that two aren’t stuck together.

Ironically enough it’s England that couldn’t half do with a Christian Eriksen, or a Mateo Kovacic.

Southgate isn’t being cheap by opting for Lingard or Jones instead, there’s the small matter of nationality.

But then I forgot about Lucas Moura. Silly me.

A player Brazil didn’t want – even though he’s Brazilian.

Those are the parallels and this is the persecution prosecution resting its case.

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 4, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Nee naw Adams is a bit quiet this morning after spurs let England down last night with their losers mentality

    • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2018 at 10:59 am

      Probably shattered after spending the night Tarmacing Sol Campbell’s chest

    • chrism090861 July 4, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Although i dont want it too seem like sticking it back to Adams about his comments is the thing i should be most happy about from last night, it is nice to know that our boys did just that. As Eric Dier stepped up to take his penalty last night, i was like ‘Please do not miss Eric’ !!

    • Ronan July 4, 2018 at 11:09 am

      He posted his apology in an empty bottle of absinthe and threw it into the sea.

      • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 11:12 am

        Then he ran in and grabbed it again just in case there was a dribble left…

  • dilly July 4, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Incidentally my old lists of linked players reveals that we were linked to Columbias Carlos Bacca once!!!

    • Steven Hawkins Football Boots July 4, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Old Chewie?!

      The bloke booked after 1 minute of coming in as a sub?!

      You’re very good with your choices Dave!

      • Ronan July 4, 2018 at 11:10 am

        Old Chewie 😆

  • BillyBoy July 4, 2018 at 9:56 am

    My takeaway:
    – H is truly world class
    – Davinson was superb and one of the world’s best young defenders
    – Barrios is an AVOID at all costs levy & Co
    – Quintero should be a high transfer target, could provide great competition for the lad eriksen

  • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Theoretically, a semi final against Modric’s talented Croatia, or inspired Russia and a stadium full of screaming home supporters? And Putin on his hot line.

    • dilly July 4, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Having emerged from a difficult qualifying group clearly unattractive Sweden are content to soak up the pressure and suffocate their opponents operating on the counter plus set pieces. Can we break them down??? when naturally taking an early lead assists! As previously mentioned some possible changes are Rose for Young and Rashford for Alli.

  • knowitall July 4, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Let me tell you whats on my mind, Harry, you post so much shit it`s unbelievable

    On a more positive note all the Spurs boys done us proud

    • StuSpur July 4, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Posting shit? Doesn’t Royal Mail struggle enough without having faecal matter to contend with?

      • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 9:48 am

        HH has admitted as much. He sends well filled jiffy bags of it to D.Levy esq.

        • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2018 at 10:00 am

          They are 100% genuine full nappies.

          Filled by yours truly.

  • StuSpur July 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Kane getting the plaudits and rightly so. I am however somewhat unnerved. It’d like going out to the pub with your girlfriend who is way too good looking for you. The paranoia of other blokes checking her out when you’re at the bar

  • Ronan July 4, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Kano is a colossus, on a different level to virtually every other player in the tournament. He is the bar that those aspiring to be world class have to reach for.
    Trips has been simply superb at both ends of the pitch; Lego man showed balls of iron when Steptoe and the captain of Liverpool shrank; Dele was played out of position and was not 100%, but still did his bit; Rosey was an extremely unstable element to throw into the mix but he almost won it in ET.

    If Toby has to go, Harry Maguire would be a great long-term partner for the magnificent Davinson. But would levy pay what leicester ask for him? No, so I won’t mention it again.
    Wilmar barrios as replacement for the moose? Only if we want to begin the process of becoming west ham.

    • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Barrios has done us a great favour by behaving like a giant cock.

    • Ali's-Baba July 4, 2018 at 9:44 am

      I think I’d rather we sign Wilma Flinstone than Wilmar Barri-chuckle. However, having headbutted Henderson he may be a cult hero for the likes of Everton.

    • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Dele was very obviously doubling up with Young in defence. Sterling was absent both in attack and defence.

  • Frank Hughes July 4, 2018 at 9:38 am


    • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2018 at 9:57 am

      It’s pronounced ‘Pluff’.

      Like Brian Clough.

  • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 9:28 am

    A caller (John) on Radio Five has just said Harry Kane shouldn’t have played yesterday and Vardy would be better.

    Insanity is still readily available. They are out there! It makes you worry for your safety as you leave your house that people like this are wandering the streets.

    • Harry Hotspur July 4, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Nick Ferrari on LBC was questioning why Dier to a penalty when Vardy was available.

      • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 9:41 am

        I was unaware that Dier missed.

        WTF are these people on?

      • Snow Patrol July 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

        Dier took that Penalty because Vardy didn’t have the cajones to take it

  • Ali's-Baba July 4, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Great to see Tripps play so well, and 3 Spurs penalty goals vs. the Arse GK 🙂
    The Boy Davinson put in an epic shift of rearguard action too. The boys dun-gud.

  • TrentSpur July 4, 2018 at 9:25 am

    HK was everywhere last night, ran himself into the ground and is effectively carrying this average team. We are very lucky to have him.

    • Gloster1861 July 4, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Yes, he got the ball and was instantly harassed by three Colombians. He won pressure relieving free kicks time and time again which were the only way we got up the field in the later stages of the match.

      He’s so good, so relentless, so on the ball, literally and figuratively, that he could be secretly German.