Sun 04 December 2022 | 9:59

Rooney: Harry Kane “is made for” games like Senegal

England legend Wayne Rooney says Harry Kane will end his World Cup goalscoring drought against Senegal in the last-16 clash.


will face Senegal in the last 16 round on Sunday. Harry Kane won the golden boot at the 2018

World Cup

but this year has not managed to score yet and only has provided three assists.

Ahead of the game, Wayne Rooney wrote in his column in The Times that

Harry Kane

will "come alive” for England in the knockout stage matches.

"Harry Kane is made for these games,"

England's record goalscorer wrote.

"The games that are tighter, where the pressure is higher, where the football has to be more calculated – they are where Harry steps up.

"He hasn't scored in the tournament yet but I think there will be a shift in his mindset. He'll think, 'right, it's on me now to make sure we progress', and I think this is when he'll come alive.

"Gareth's other forwards are talented but no one has Harry's consistency. He is always calm and composed and he doesn't let misses bother him.

"Failing to score in the group stage won't affect him like at Euro 2016, where you could see frustration. I reckon this will be more like Euro 2020 when we had similar conversations about his lack of goals in the group stage – and then he started scoring."

Rooney also urged Gareth Southgate to stick with both Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford against Senegal. Foden replaced Saka in England's starting XI against Wales and scored his first goal at the World Cup. Rashford also started instead of Sterling and scored two goals.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Gareth brought back Sterling or Bukayo Saka, and maybe even both,"

the DC United manager added.

"I think he will leave either Foden or Marcus Rashford out and will be keen to use Sterling because he knows and trusts Raheem more than any of the other wide forwards.

"Me? I would stick with the side that beat Wales and keep Rashford and Foden. Foden gives you better control and helps you a lot more and you could see Rashford's confidence grow after his goals against the Welsh. Confidence is key with him."

source: SportMob

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