Harry Kane has urged England fans to stay calm and insisted that they can still win the European Championship following the 0-0 draw against Scotland on Friday. England put in a lacklustre display at Wembley against the Scots, but Kane is sure that Gareth Southgate’s side are not far off hitting their stride.
The Three Lions struggled to impose themselves at Wembley, with their best chance coming early on when John Stones hit the post with a free header.
Scotland grew into the game and caused problems with Lyndon Dykes and Che Adams, while Stephen O’Donnell forced Jordan Pickford into making an important save.
Southgate summoned Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford off the bench in the second half but the changes made no difference to the stalemate.
England were booed off by some of their own fans at full-time, but Kane believes the team are still in a good place going into their final Group D game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.
“Just be patient, be calm,” he said when asked if he had a message to the fans. “Obviously, we’re not going to play perfect every game.
The England boss has defended his side – but stressed that they are far from the finished product.
“I think I have said before that some teams are at a different point in their development,” Southgate said.
“The run that Italy have had – 28 or 29 games unbeaten – and we know what France and Portugal have done over the last few years and Belgium have been the No 1 team in the world for four years.
“So that’s the level. That’s the standard we’ve got to aspire to. We’re a work in progress. The first step is to qualify from the group and then we’re into the next phase.”
Yet Kane has painted a completely different picture to his manager, saying he is confident they can win the entire tournament.
“Just look at the last European Championship. I don’t think Portugal won a group game, but they ended up winning the tournament,” he said.
“It’s rare that you win all your group and knock-out games and have a straight line to the top and lift the trophy.
“Sometimes you have a few ups and downs, maybe a few reality checks to make you work on a few things.
“That helps the team and helps you improve for the later stages of the tournament – and that’s the case for us.
“Of course we still believe we have a great chance in this tournament – and that’s how we will feel all the way to the end.”