The Herald on Sunday

Shaw backs ‘best striker in the world’ Kane

- ALAN McMILLAN

LUKE Shaw has hailed England captain Harry Kane as the “best striker in the world” and insists his goalless start to Euro 2020 should not be a concern.

Kane has been largely anonymous in England’s opening two Group D clashes and was substitute­d off in both the win over Croatia and Friday’s goalless draw with Scotland.

Having won the golden boot at the 2018 World Cup and ended the last Premier League season as the division’s top scorer, Kane’s pedigree is not in question. But, in dropping deep to get more involved in the play, he has not had a presence in the opposition box in either game at the European Championsh­ip.

Asked if he was worried about Kane’s performanc­es, left-back Shaw replied: “No concern at all for me personally. I think he is the best striker in the world. 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.”

England now need to beat the Czech Republic on Tuesday night to qualify as group winners, although only an unlikely sequence of results would see Gareth Southgate’s men eliminated from the competitio­n.

Shaw, who was one of two players to come into the side against Scotland, admits it was a poor evening for the Three Lions but is already looking ahead to the Czech fixture.

“There is no denying that there is a lot of disappoint­ment,” added the Manchester United defender. “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.”

 ??  ?? England striker Harry Kane
England striker Harry Kane

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