Harry Kane has managed to go from England’s understated, likeable and prolific great hope for the World Cup to the butt of the internet’s jokes in a matter of weeks.
The debacle over the 23-cap Three Lions man claiming Spurs’ winning goal at Stoke hinted at a man with an obsession with goals approaching Cristiano Ronaldo’s level – why this is such a bad thing isn’t abundantly clear – and opened him up to online ridicule.
That this Twitter furore has all come at a time when Kane has struggled for form and sharpness having been rushed back too early from the injury he sustained at Bournemouth last month hasn’t helped.
That lack of fitness led him to follow up an abject showing against Manchester City at Wembley by being pocketed by Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Phil Jones in Spurs’ 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat last weekend.
Speaking ahead of the visit of Watford, Kane’s manager Mauricio Pochettino has said his talisman was “very sad” about the “embarrassing” tweet, which has only drawn more mockery from rival supporters…
He can never ever play for a big club
— THE KING (@ryanadams97) April 27, 2018
Harry needs to grow a pair. He was 2nd best last week – he needs to deal with that not get upset about a bloody tweet.
— JaneV (@mulberryjane) April 27, 2018
Do me a favour
— Matt (@MattWShore) April 27, 2018
He needs 'helping' over the fact that someone gave him some well deserved banter. Football has gone soft. Should have laughed it off and replied to the tweet with a joke of his own.
— RJRM (@_rjrm) April 27, 2018
— Paul (@Pauljamescam) April 27, 2018
They're making it sound like someone from his family just got diagnosed with cancer. It was a harmless joke ffs
— ' (@_ia23) April 27, 2018
— MitJ (@LeHighburyFC) April 27, 2018