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Shaw: Kane is the best striker, there is no concern at England

Sat 19 June 2021 | 11:52

The England international has not yet managed to meet the back of the net in Euro 2020, but Luke Shaw believes he will come good.

Luke Shaw

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Harry Kane

“the best striker in the world” and believes

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is not worried about the captain’s goalless start to Euro 2020.

Kane pushed hard to find the target in England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia in their Group D opener battle and failed to score a goal when they were held to a 0-0 draw with Scotland.

The 27-year-old had 19 touches before he was substituted during the end of the game, which was the fewest he had ever had when featuring for more than 45 minutes.

However, notwithstanding his failure to net a goal in two successive matches, Shaw believes Kane’s pedigree is unquestionable.

"

There's no concern at all. Personally, I think he's the best striker in the world,"

Shaw said of the England captain.

"He is a very important part of the team, in fact the most important part. I think whether he has not been at his best or not he is a massive part and a crucial player for us.

"We need him whether his performances are as people expected or not, but this happens in tournament football.

"You can score a goal at any moment and he is such a crucial player – not just on the pitch but off the pitch. He has got all of our backing and I'm not worried at all."

Scotland frustrated England on Friday during their clean sheet as Gareth Southgate’s side could have booked a place in the knockout stage, if they had won. Now, they should work hard in their final group clash against the Czech Republic.

England are behind the Czechs when it comes to goal differences, which means a victory is needed if they plan to finish top.

"

There is no denying that there is a lot of disappointment,"

Shaw said.

"We would have liked to win the game but you have to look at it in the way of another point in the right direction.

"If it was the other way round, we drew with Croatia and won today, it would have been four points still so we have to keep positive.

"I think there should always be expectation, the team we have, the talent is very strong. 

"Of course we can take the expectation but maybe this result brought us back down to earth to make us realise it is not going to be easy."

England, who have always failed to go beyond Euro’s semi-finals, are eager to face either Portugal, France, Germany or Hungary in the next stage.

Looking on the bright side as England kept 14 clean sheets in 18 matches, Shaw added: "Our aim is to be here for seven games. 

"We will sit down and watch the game back and analyse what we want to do better because there are things we could have done better as a team.

"Maybe in this 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."


source: SportMob