Phil Foden has told Harry Kane to ‘keep being himself’ and backed the England captain to silence his doubters at this summer’s European Championships.
Kane, 27, was substituted towards the end of England’s 1-0 win over Croatia before lasting just 74 minutes of Friday’s goalless stalemate with Scotland and the striker has so far failed to register a single shot on target at the tournament.
However, Gareth Southgate has confirmed the Tottenham attacker will retain his place in the starting XI when the Three Lions return to Wembley for their final Group D match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday night.
The Spurs star – who won the Golden Boot award at the 2018 World Cup – will no doubt be desperate to return to form and Foden is confident his team-mate will come good ‘sooner rather than later’.
‘I see him 100 per cent focussed every single day in training, wanting to get better,’ the England and Manchester City youngster told talkSPORT.
‘He’s always the first in the gym and he’s a great example to every other player.
‘It’s going to come surely sooner rather than later so he just needs to keep being himself.’
England full-back Kieran Trippier also threw his support behind Kane when asked about his team-mate’s concerning performances at a press conference on Sunday.
‘With H, he works so hard for the team and people might not recognise what he does off the ball,’ the Atletico Madrid defender told reporters.
‘I believe in Harry and I know he will score goals but it’s the work he does for the team as well which some people might not see.
‘His chances will come and for sure he will score goals.’
Speaking to ITV Sport, England head coach Southgate urged fans to be patient with Kane and insisted the forward remained the ‘most important player’ in his squad.
‘In one of the games we were already ahead, we needed energy to press and to keep the lead, we didn’t need an additional goal,’ he said.
‘Harry during the World Cup ended playing a lot of football, we felt we needed to manage that load a little bit this time and we have some good options on the bench to bring people into the game.
‘But he’s our most important player, there’s no doubt about that.
‘You’ve only got to look at his goalscoring record with us to see the importance to the team.’