Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has recently opined on an interview that English captain Harry Kane’s performance in the Euro 2020 permits him to ask his critics to “f*ck off”. In the same discussion, Berbatov also said that he would love Paul Pogba to replicate his form for the French national team at Manchester United.
Tottenham Hotspurs striker Harry Kane was being criticized in the earlier stages of the tournament when he failed to find the back of the net in the group stages. However, he has rightfully shut his haters with his brilliant performance in the knockout stages and he also scored England’s winning goal in the semi-finals against Denmark after converting his own missed penalty on a rebound.
What has Berbatov said about Harry Kane
Talking about Harry Kane’s performances at Euro 2020, Berbatov told Betfair: “Kane has been excellent in the knockout stages. He received some criticism in the group stages but Kane can tell his critics to f*ck off.
“Even great players have their ups and downs. Even when he wasn’t scoring he was doing a lot for the team. Now the goals are coming.
“The pressure on him with the penalty against Denmark was immense. You cannot imagine what it feels like to take a penalty with a nation’s hopes on your shoulders. As a player you know that everyone is depending on you, even if you don’t want to think about it. It wasn’t a good penalty but he got a bit of luck.”
“Reaching the final of Euro 2020 is a major achievement for England. I had a sense that this could be England’s year. It’s thoroughly deserved, although credit to Denmark for a great effort in the semi-final. The talent and quality in this England squad is capable of doing something special and I’m really pleased to see them in the final.”
What Berbatov said about Paul Pogba
Dimitar Berbatov also had a piece of advice for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
He said: “Pogba looked outstanding for France at Euro 2020, even though his team were knocked out in the second round.
“He needs to be the same player for United. He looks like he has more freedom for France, and possibly more motivation, although he does suffer from the same lapses in concentration.
“If Pogba can improve the defensive side of his game, and not lose the ball, he could be the complete midfielder. We all know his quality is there. The goal he scored against Switzerland was unbelievable.
“Some players do find it easier to get motivated for their national side. I remember I was going through a dry spell for Bayer Leverkusen. At the same time, I was still scoring for Bulgaria. So I thought ‘f*ck it, I’ll wear my Bulgaria shirt under my Leverkusen shirt’. It didn’t actually help me, but the point is I was willing to try anything to start scoring for my club again.”