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Gareth Southgate responds to Harry Kane’s disagreement with Gary Lineker


England head coach Gareth Southgate claimed he has not been conscious of Harry Kane’s back-and-forth feud with Gary Lineker as he doesn’t worth “exterior” opinions as a lot as his personal.

The Three Lions’ flat show in final week’s 1-1 draw with Denmark got here in for staunch criticism, with BBC Sport pundits and former England strikers Lineker and Alan Shearer labelling the efficiency as “s**t”.

Kane hit again at this description and known as on the duo to be extra constructive and upbeat with their evaluation of England, which has resulted in a number of days price of disagreements between the 2 sides of the argument.

However when requested if he had an opinion of his personal on this disagreement, Southgate admitted he has not paid any consideration to it in any respect.

“That is the world we’re in, and I’m oblivious to it. It isn’t essential to me in any respect,” Southgate mentioned.

“What’s essential to me is that I’ve acquired to information this group of gamers confidently by means of the terrain of the match. We’re a high-profile crew with expectations and we totally perceive every little thing we do goes to be scrutinised, so I’m very snug residing that life.

Harry Kane

Kane has defended England’s performances and known as for extra positivity / Richard Pelham/GettyImages

“I need not interact within the exterior as a result of I’m my very own greatest critic, and I believe our gamers are as effectively. There’s nothing to be gained from us that may assist enhance us by listening to exterior criticism.

“We all know the world we dwell in there’ll all the time be exterior noise, however the exterior noise shouldn’t have an effect on us. What’s essential is the inner, we’re the one ones that may carry out on the pitch and the one ones that can provide these performances higher. Efficiency is what we’re specializing in.

“We all know what we’ve performed effectively, we’re very trustworthy about that, and we all know the place we must be higher, we’re brutally trustworthy about that, and that is how you’re employed as a crew.”

England tackle Slovenia of their ultimate group stage match on Tuesday evening. Although they’ve already secured development to the knockout rounds of Euro 2024, the Three Lions will prime Group C with one final win in Cologne.