England players rush to defence of under-fire captain Harry Kane

Forward has been in lukewarm form during run to semisLuke Shaw says Kane ‘makes other players feel positive’

England’s players have thrown their weight behind the under-fire Harry Kane amid concern over the captain’s below-par form at Euro 2024.

Kane has scored twice in the run to the semi-finals but has been short of his best, appearing off the pace at times and barely influencing the shootout win over Switzerland. There have been calls for Gareth Southgate to drop the country’s record goalscorer against the Netherlands but his teammates argue they are a different proposition when he starts.

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