Luke Shaw throws support behind "best striker in the world" Harry Kane

Luke Shaw throws support behind "best striker in the world" Harry Kane

England captain Harry Kane has been dubbed the "greatest striker in the world" by Luke Shaw, who believes his team's goalless start to Euro 2020 should not be a cause for concern.

Kane has mostly gone unnoticed in England's first two Group D matches, being substituted off in both the win over Croatia and the goalless draw with Scotland on Friday.

Kane's pedigree is undeniable, having won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup and finishing the previous Premier League season as the division's top scorer.

He has not had a presence in the opposition box in either game at the European Championship as a result of dropping deep to get more involved in the play.

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.

"We need him whether his performances are as people expected or not, but this happens in tournament football, you can score a goal at any moment and he is such a crucial player – not just on the pitch but off the pitch, he has got all of our backing and I'm not worried at all."

To qualify as group champions, England must defeat Czech Republic on Tuesday night, however, only an extraordinary set of events would see Gareth Southgate's side eliminated from the competition.

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