Tottenham striker Harry Kane has hit back against suggestions accusing him of diving twice already in the new Premier League season.
Kane has already faced accusations of diving twice in Spurs’ opening four games of the new season.
The first one came in the club’s shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United on August 25, where Kane fell rather easily in a challenge from defender Jamaal Lascelles. Just six days later, the Spurs star had another questionable fall in the area from Sokratis Papastathopoulos’s tackle in the north London derby with Arsenal.
Speaking after scoring a hat-trick in England’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria, however, Kane rubbished those diving claims once and for all.
“Never and, hopefully, I don’t have to,” he said on The Telegraph.
“I said after the Arsenal game it’s a 50/50 one, similar to the 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 a free-kick every day of the week. In the penalty box, you don’t always get it.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Kane’s Spurs and England team-mate Danny Rose also defended the striker over these diving accusations.
“I have not seen the debate about Harry diving,” said the full-back.
“But he is not one to pay attention to that stuff and people should focus on his goal record, what he offers to any team across the world and we should relish watching him.
“His record for club and country is no coincidence. It is typical Harry just to respond in the way that he did by scoring a hat-trick.”
“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.”