Luke Shaw has hailed Harry Kane as the ‘best striker in the world’ and backed his England teammate to come good at Euro 2020.
Three Lions captain Kane is yet to get off the mark at the tournament and struggled to make an impact in the goalless draw with Scotland before being replaced in the second half.
But Manchester United defender Shaw insists the England camp are not concerned by Kane’s form and expect him to produce the goods when it matters.
‘There is no concern at all,’ Shaw said. ‘For me, Harry is the best striker in the world.
‘He is a very important part of this team. In fact, almost the most important part of the team.
‘Whether he has not been at his best or not, he is a crucial player for us. If his performances aren’t as people expected, this happens in tournament football and you can score a goal at any moment.
‘He is such a crucial player on and off the pitch. He has all our backing and I’m not worried at all.’
Gareth Southgate’s England clinched a 1-0 victory over Croatia in their opening Euros match but were brought back down to earth last Friday following a goalless draw with Scotland.
While England are still set to progress to the knockout stages ahead of their final group game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening, the manner of the Wembley stalemate was concerning.
Shaw added: ‘Of course, there is no denying there is a lot of disappointment. There should always be expectation. The team we have is undoubtedly very strong with the talent we have.
‘Maybe this has brought us back down to earth and made us realise that it is not going to be easy. Every game is going to be tough.
‘Our aim is to be here for seven games and this is a point in the right direction. We will sit down and watch the game back and analyse what we have to do better because there are things that we could have done better as a team.
‘Between us all we always demand high standards and that is a fact, we always have to deliver and try our best. Maybe in the Scotland game we weren’t at our best and that shows. But it is another clean sheet.
‘We still have another big game on Tuesday and we have to forget about this one and be ready.’
There have been calls for Kane to be dropped for the Czech Republic match but Southgate has also thrown his support behind the 27-year-old and confirmed he will start.
‘He’s our most important player, there’s no doubt about that, you’ve only got to look at his goalscoring record with us to see the importance to the team,’ Southgate said.
‘He is fundamental not only with the goals he scores, the build-up play and everything else he brings. I know there will be a lot of questions being asked about him at the moment but he’s been through that a hundred times before.
‘I’ve been in this role and answered these questions several times before and he’s come up with the goals and I expect that to be the same moving forward.’
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