England: Southgate understands fan reaction after Scotland draw
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Harry Kane has hit back at his critics after struggling in England’s stalemate against Scotland on Friday. Kane was substituted by Gareth Southgate in the second half after failing to make an impression against the Scots at Wembley, but he is confident goals are just around the corner.
The Tottenham striker had 19 touches and completed just seven completed passes in 74 minutes on the pitch against Scotland.
His only chance came when he attempted a diving header from a cross, although his off-target attempt was then flagged for offside.
Kane won the Golden Boot by scoring six goals at the 2018 World Cup, but he has yet to find his shooting boots at Euro 2020, being substituted in the 1-0 win over Croatia and the 0-0 draw with Scotland.
The 27-year-old scored 28 goals in all competitions for Tottenham in the 2020/21 campaign and is not worried about his slow start to the tournament.
“As a striker you don’t score for a couple of games and all of a sudden you score one or two and everything starts falling your way,” he said.
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“You get ricochets coming your way, you get deflected goals and stuff like that.
“As we know in football and, as I know being an experienced footballer, things change very quickly. It is not a time to over-think and do too much extra stuff. It’s about staying focused.
“Of course, score a couple on Tuesday, and everyone is talking about the Golden Boot again, how we have one of the best strikers and we’re going to go far in the tournament.
“It’s about managing expectations. I know what I’m capable of, the team knows what I’m capable of – and the coach and staff.
“It’s about believing in each other. I believe in myself, I always believe in myself. That’s the only way to be – and it’s the best way to be.”
Kane may be confident of finding form as the tournament progresses, but others are not.
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Graeme Souness was withering in his assessment of England’s captain, saying that he looked “leggy” and “lacking enthusiasm” on ITV’s coverage of the match.
“Harry doesn’t look himself, he looks shady and looks tired,” he added.
“This is a guy who’s hoping to get a big move this summer, he needs to wake himself up.
“He came off in the first game, is he carrying something? Because he looks a shadow of himself.”
Kane will be hoping to prove Souness wrong when England host the Czech Republic at Wembley on Tuesday night.
The winner of the match will top Group D, with both teams currently on four points after two matches.
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