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Former Tottenham midfielder Darren Anderton has backed England captain Harry Kane and England to beat Germany at Wembley. But he has warned that the lack of service the 27-year-old has received so far at the European Championships this summer for England is “worrying.” Gareth Southgate’s side have beaten both Croatia and Czech Republic 1-0, while they drew 0-0 at Wembley with Scotland.
Anderton said (via Football.london) : “We definitely have the quality to knock the Germans out, whilst they are of course a quality team, I don’t feel they are as strong as Germany teams we’ve seen in the past. We’ve seen in the group stages, not least their final game against Hungary, that they are beatable.
“They played well against Portugal, but I put that down in part, to what I thought was a poor set up from the Portuguese, they left themselves too open. I think England will put in a solid performance again, hit them on the counter-attack, and cause them all sorts of problems.
“Looking at how that Group of Death went and the teams that qualified from that group, Germany are probably the team I’d have wanted to play. Yes, they always seem to find a time to win, but I believe this is a German side we can beat, without any doubt.”
England have been notably solid in defence, more so than experts predicted before the tournament started.
Anderton agrees with former Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle and reckons that Kane will find form in the competition’s knockout stages.
“I’m not worried about Harry Kane’s form, I’m more worried about the service that he is getting,” he said. “With all the attacking quality in the team, the lack of creative opportunities being created for Harry is a worry. On the other hand, England have looked very sound defensively, which had been a concern for some going into the tournament.
“We’ve [England] taken away perhaps from our attacking qualities but become more solid, which in a tournament is not a bad thing. I don’t see a scenario in which Gareth [Southgate] leaves out Harry, and any replacement would likely face the same issues he has, with a lack of opportunities being created.
“Harry does a lot more than just scoring goes as well, he’s terrific at linking the play, makes goals for others and I think the best of Harry is still to come at the tournament.”