England captain Harry Kane was in the media spotlight prior to the international break.
The Tottenham striker was accused of diving to try and win a late penalty in the enthralling 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal.
Replays appeared to show the Englishman using his body to incite contact from Gunners centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the final minutes of the game.
A penalty was not awarded, but even after a VAR review, Kane was not reprimanded by referee.
Kane was involved in a similar incident in the 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle, leading to claims that the Spurs man is a serial offender when it comes to diving.
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But Kane has decided to speak out on the matter, saying he will never apologise for 'diving' and is simply a striker that 'uses his body cleverly'.
“Never - and hopefully I don’t have to," Kane said when asked if he'll apologise, per The Sun.
And pressed whether he does actually cheat, he added: “I haven’t really heard much on that. I said after the Newcastle game it was a clear penalty from my point of view.
“I said after the Arsenal game, it’s a 50/50 one, similar to one we got given against us at Wembley the year before.
“I am someone who uses his body well, which as a striker you have to do at every level. On the halfway line it’s a free-kick every day. In the penalty box, you don’t always get it.
“It’s about doing my best on the pitch and the most important thing is about winning games.”
Kane is far from the only striker in the Premier League to use his body cleverly in an attempt to win penalties.
Jamie Vardy is one of the masters of the art, but is their technique against the morals of the game? Yes, it is.
Strikers of their quality should not have to try any method possible to win penalties, it really is as simple as that.
Against Bulgaria on the weekend, Kane won a penalty fair and square, converting the resulting spot kick as he went on to score a hat-trick in a 4-0 win for the Three Lions.
But in the future, he needs to start working on fixing his current reputation, particularly in the Premier League.News Now - Sport News