Keane has been continuing his Road to Wembley series with fellow pundit Micah Richards for SkyBet, giving their take on the biggest issues ahead of Euro 2020, and the Irishman had some strong views on the forward – who will be one of England’s key hopes of taking home the trophy.
Kane will go into the tournament as Gareth Southgate‘s skipper as he bids to lead the Three Lions to glory off the back of a superb season that saw him walk away with the Premier League golden boot.
Roy Keane believes England captain Harry Kane is ‘not a good leader’ ahead of Euro 2020
In his SkyBet series with Micah Richards, he said the forward should be more vocal on the pitch
Kane has been skipper since the 2018 World Cup, when he led the team to the semi-finals
The Tottenham striker faces an uncertain future at his club but will be focusing his attentions on a huge major tournament for England after Spurs failed to qualify for the Champions League.
And despite having a great year on a personal level – Keane has taken a swipe at the 28-year-old for not taking any of his Spurs team-mates to task during a campaign of struggles as they failed to win a trophy once again.
Keane was asked by Richards who his top players to watch at the Euros would be – with the centre back naming Kylian Mbappe and Kane. The former midfielder chipped in by admitting he thought the Spurs star was ‘amazing’ and urged his old side United to bid £120m for him this summer.
Keane feels the forward has not laid into his Spurs team-mates enough after poor displays
He still believes Kane is an ‘amazing’ striker and urged Man United to sign him for £120m
But he conceded Kane was ‘not a good leader’ and said his lack of communication could be a ‘big problem’ for England this summer.
‘The only thing I’d hold against Kane – there’s a big negative I have towards Kane,’ he said. ‘I think Kane is an amazing player. I think every club should be trying to sign him. Man United have got to sign him, I don’t care if its £120m – sign him.
‘But I don’t think he’s a good leader. I never see him digging anyone out when he was at Spurs. I know people might go “well that’s not in his personality”, or “he might do it in the dressing room”. I don’t think he does, and that’s a big problem.
‘Okay, you can lead with your brilliant play, but sometimes I think I want to see another side to Kane. I’d love to see him get hold of somebody, and I’m on about Spurs – some players have been really poor or downing tools for certain managers. I never saw Kane digging them out.
‘So that’s my only hang-up with Kane as a leader and a captain.’
Kane, who has 54 caps for England and 34 goals, took over the captaincy for the 2018 World Cup – with the striker leading the team to the semi-finals before they fell to defeat against Croatia.
Another player Keane spoke about was France’s Paul Pogba – who he has been heavily critical of in the past, saying he liked him as a player but questioned why his quality hasn’t improved Manchester United as a club or his fellow team-mates.
Keane also discussed Paul Pogba – questioning why he had not improved United as a club
‘Let’s see if Paul Pogba turns up,’ he added. ‘I like Paul as a player, simple as that, and from what I hear a pretty decent human being – a good character. Slightly different to the way he leads his life.’
Richards then starts to immitate Pogba’s dance moves and begins to laugh in the passenger’s seat, and Keane adds: ‘Yeah, all the dancing, but again – I don’t live in a bloody cave. I understand the game has changed. But he’s a talented boy.
‘The one thing I’m disappointed with is – I don’t think he’s made Manchester United that much better, or the players around him better.’