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Kane defends Southgate as England endure winless streak

Harry Kane has no doubt Gareth Southgate understands what England require to be successful and launched a defence of his under-fire Three Lions boss.

England have failed to win any of their three Nations League matches in June after following up a 1-0 defeat to Hungary with a pair of draws against Germany and Italy.

Relegation from group A3 remains a threat for England – who have scored just one goal in those games – and preparation matches for the World Cup in Qatar are limited due to the mid-season placing for the competition, meaning Southgate’s side have few opportunities to find rhythm before the tournament. 

Recent performances have led to increased question marks as to whether Southgate can get the most out of a wealth of attacking talent, and he himself insisted he would ‘not outstay his welcome’ in the role.

However, Kane has sprung to the defence of the man who led England to their first international final since 1966 last year, where the Three Lions lost in the final of Euro 2020 in a penalty shoot-out to Italy.

“I think we have been one of the most successful England teams in the past 50 years or so. So, I think we are definitely on the right track,” he said ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Hungary. 

“I can’t speak highly enough of Gareth. Gareth is a fantastic manager; a fantastic person and we are all really looking forward to being with each other for another major tournament. 

“I had him with the 21s and then obviously since he’s been with the senior team and I think he really understands what the England team needs to be successful.”

Kane added: “I think if you look at where we were in 2016 compared to where we are now, we’ve made massive improvements and strides. We’ve knocked down a lot of hurdles in major tournaments by doing stuff an England team hasn’t done for a long, long time. 

“We’ll keep trying to improve and making the country proud. I think we’ve done that and we all have that major hunger and desire to win a major tournament. I think it’s still a good possibility.”

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