Captain Harry Kane in focus as England lose on night of his 50th cap

England captain Harry Kane won his 50th cap in Sunday’s Nations League defeat by Belgium.

The PA news agency takes a look at how the 27-year-old striker got on in the 2-0 loss to the world’s top-ranked side in Leuven.

All-round game

Tottenham team-mates Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld fight for the ball
Tottenham team-mates Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld fight for the ball (Dirk Waem via Belga/PA)

Kane is best-known for being a sharpshooter but his performances for Tottenham this season have highlighted his ability to provide. Deployed as the focal point of a 3-4-3 formation at Den Dreef, the skipper dropped deep at times and was often seen driving forwards in an attempt to change the play. An intelligent player and fine passer, he produced one particular cross that he would have loved to have been on the end of.

Goal threat

Kane tries to drive the ball forward in Leuven
Kane tries to drive the ball forward in Leuven (Bruno Fahy via Belga/PA)

Kane has netted a phenomenal 32 goals since making his debut in March 2015, putting him on course to beat Wayne Rooney’s all-time scoring record of 53. Romelu Lukaku’s goal-line clearance prevented him from adding to that tally shortly after Youri Tielemans’ opener in Leuven, where he got saw a shot blocked by Thibaut Courtois as half-time approached. Kane saw a cross-shot land on the roof of the net and a close-range effort blocked among a number of half chances on a frustrating night.

Overall

Kane could not breach the Belgian defence
Kane could not breach the Belgian defence (Virginie Lefour via Belga/PA)

While this was a momentous occasion on a person level, Kane will be more concerned about the loss that ended England’s chances of reaching the Nations League finals. The 27-year-old was not as sharp as he can be against Belgium as the Three Lions failed to turn dominance into goals.

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