SAM ALLARDYCE claims Harry Kane has become the target of the England critics now Wayne Rooney is no longer on the scene.
Kane has been criticised for his below par performances this season just months after he scooped the Golden Boot for finishing top scorer at the World Cup.
And Allardyce told TalkSport he thinks the Tottenham star is being singled out by the snipers because Rooney’s move to MLS means he is no longer in their sights
Allardyce said: “What worries me is the amount of attention Harry Kane is getting negatively.
“Wayne Rooney has left the country now after almost suffering abuse week in, week out, and I think it now seems to have shifted to Harry.
“’He’s fatigued, he’s not doing well, and he’s not doing this or that…’
“There is obviously a case for fatigue, there’s no doubt about that, as in every footballer that played at the World Cup so it’s not just labelled to Harry.
“I suppose the only way he’ll put it right is by scoring goals.”
Allardyce, 63, is puzzled why Kane has suddenly started being dug out on the back of a three year period when his amazing goal record saw him marked out as one of the best strikers in the world.
He added: “I have no idea, because for me he is exactly the same as he’s been for the last two years.
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“He holds the ball up well, he’s very strong, and he’s lethal in front of goal in all aspects of how he scores.
“Seeing his goalscoring record is absolutely fantastic.
“And somewhere along the line he might have a dry or barren spell – as a professional footballer you cannot keep that level up for so many years.
“It starts from just a small comment by one of the lads commentating on a game saying he looks a bit fatigued, and it gets picked up from there.
“And he’s had a new baby, and that’s not an easy thing to cope with when you have a new child when you’re training and playing at the level.
“So I just hope he gets through it and it [the criticism] will quieten down.”