EPL

Coronavirus: Harry Kane wants June deadline for Premier League completion

By Sports Desk March 29, 2020

Tottenham striker Harry Kane believes the Premier League season should be scrapped if the campaign cannot be completed by the end of June.

Like most of Europe, English football has ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic with the Premier League suspended until at least the end of April.

That date could quite easily be pushed back and it remains to be seen how the Premier League will act to contend with the fixture backlog.

Reports suggest games may be played behind closed doors to try and complete the calendar but Kane thinks there should be a cut-off point if next season becomes affected.

"I know the Premier League are going to be trying all they can to finish the season, looking at every option possible. For me, I feel we need to try to finish the season, but there needs to be a point where enough is enough," he said on a live Instagram broadcast with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

"We may have to say, 'we can't finish it'. Going into July and August and pushing next season back, I don't really see too much benefit in doing that. I don't know what's going on behind the scenes, and what it means financially for clubs.

"From a players' point of view, let's try to finish the season, but there needs to be a limit and probably the limit for me is by the end of June.

"If it isn't completed by the end of June, we should look at the options and look forward to next season otherwise I feel it will have such a knock-on effect to next year, the Euros, then the World Cup in 2022."

There have been 19,522 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, while 1,235 people have died.

Related items

  • Tottenham's Parrott has appendix removed Tottenham's Parrott has appendix removed

    Tottenham could be without Troy Parrott when the Premier League resumes after he underwent surgery to remove his appendix.

    The 18-year-old was suffering abdominal pain and Spurs' medical staff found him to be showing early signs of appendicitis.

    Parrott is not expected to be back in training until late June, a club statement confirmed, with the English top flight returning on the 17th of that month.

    The young striker signed a new deal until 2023 in February.

    Parrott has made four appearances for Spurs in all competitions since progressing through the academy, with his Premier League debut coming against Burnley in December.

  • Coronavirus: West Indies tour of England agreed 'in principle' Coronavirus: West Indies tour of England agreed 'in principle'

    Cricket West Indies (CWI) has agreed to the Test tour of England "in principle", with players and staff to remain "in a bio-secure environment" for the duration of the series.

    The Windies had originally been due to face England in three Tests, at The Oval, Edgbaston and Lord's, but that series – originally slated to begin next week – was postponed in April amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, CWI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have been in discussions about the tour taking place in July at Old Trafford and the Rose Bowl, which have hotels attached to the stadiums.

    That would ensure the travelling party can remain at the same location where Tests would be played behind closed doors.

    A statement from CWI said: "CWI's management is now in the process of seeking to put all of the approvals and logistics in place within the Caribbean, including seeking permission from the various national governments to facilitate the movement of players and support staff, using private charter planes and conducting medical screenings and individual COVID-19 testing for all members of the touring party."

    It has been proposed that the West Indies squad would fly to England in the week beginning June 8, a full month before the opening Test.

    On Friday, England named a 55-man squad which will commence group training sessions, subject to government approval.

  • Mbappe not a good fit for Liverpool, claims McAteer Mbappe not a good fit for Liverpool, claims McAteer

    Kylian Mbappe is not a good fit for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, according to Jason McAteer.

    The Reds have been linked with a move for the Paris Saint-Germain star, who has been prolific in French football since breaking through at Monaco.

    Mbappe has also shone in the Champions League and was part of France's World Cup-winning squad in Russia two years ago.

    Signing Mbappe would be regarded by many as a statement of intent from runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool, but former Anfield favourite McAteer is not so sure – with RB Leipzig's Timo Werner and Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho higher on his wish list.

    "You can't stand still, you need to evolve. From a manager's perspective, always trying to stay two, three moves ahead," McAteer told Stats Perform News.

    "It's Jurgen's job to visualise what he sees next season, preparing for upcoming seasons.

    "PSG are a unique club, desperate to win the Champions League, put a fantastic squad together, [but] players want a bigger challenge. 

    "The Mbappe one for me doesn't sit quite right – a superstar in his own right, [but] not the right time to come to Liverpool.

    "[I'm] not sure he’s Jurgen's kind of player. At the minute, just not for me.

    "I'd rather see Werner or Sancho. We could see him [Mbappe] at Liverpool because he fits for different reasons, but for football, I just don't know that he fits at this current time."

    Klopp's side sit 25 points clear at the top of the table, with action in England set to resume on June 17 as the Reds close in on a first top-flight title in 30 years.

    Ligue 1, meanwhile, was ended in April with leaders PSG awarded the championship on a points-per-game basis.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.