Harry Kane jumps to Southgate defence despite ‘unacceptable’ England performance

Harry Kane with his head down during England defeat

Harry Kane does not think England should be hitting the panic button despite being on the receiving end of their worst home defeat since 1928.

England lost 4-0 to Hungary on Tuesday, meaning their run of four Nations League fixtures this month has ended without a single win. Their visitors were much more effective at Molineux, as pressure heightened on Gareth Southgate and his group.

Captain Kane was the first to front up to the Channel 4 cameras after the hefty defeat. He could not hide from the disappointment of the result, but insisted there was no reason to suddenly panic.

Kane said: “It was a disappointing night.

“In the first half I thought we actually created enough chances to score but it’s kind of been the story of our Nations League so far; we haven’t quite had that cutting edge.

“The second half was unacceptable. Once we went 2-0 down, to concede when we did.

“We’ve not had a camp like this but it’s not time to panic, it’s time to keep our heads up.

“We’ll look forward to a break now and come back stronger in September.”

England are at risk of relegation from their Nations League group, depending on how those games against Germany and Italy go in three months’ time.

However, Kane does not feel Tuesday’s setback should overshadow the better work they have been doing.

He explained: “It’s our first big defeat in a long time. Our defence has been the structure behind our success over the last four or five years. It was a night to forget of course but we’ve got to take it on the chin and move forward.

“At the end of the day we’re preparing for what’s going to be a big World Cup. That’s the most important thing. We’ll learn from it.

Harry Kane understands frustration but protects Southgate

“Let’s not forget where we’ve come from. We got to our first final in 60 years nearly and got to a semi-final of a World Cup compared to where we were in the last 50 years. It’s not time to panic.

“Of course we understand the frustration. We want to win every time we put on an England shirt. We’ve got to take it on the chin. We’re not going to be perfect every game.”

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Finally, Kane was asked if Southgate is still the manager to take England forward. His answer was emphatic.

The Tottenham striker replied: “Without any question. That’s not a question I should even be answering if I’m honest.”

Kane and his teammates must now regroup ahead of the new season at club level and what will follow on the international stage.

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