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Frank Lampard weighs in on Harry Kane's reaction to pundits criticising England with new perspective

Frank Lampard weighs in on Harry Kane's reaction to pundits criticising England with new perspective

Kane spoke out about criticism that England have received at Euro 2024.

Frank Lampard has given his verdict on Harry Kane's comments surrounding criticism of England's performances at Euro 2024.

The Three Lions have picked up four points from the opening two games at the tournament, and sit on top of Group C.

Gareth Southgate's side have already ensured qualification to the knockout stages before Tuesday night's final group stage clash against Slovenia, by virtue of results elsewhere.

But the manner of the performances have been criticised, with BBC duo Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer among those to take aim at England's display in the 1-1 draw with Denmark.

Legendary Three Lions striker Lineker also gave constructive analysis of how Kane could improve after struggles in the opening matches.

Kane broke his silence on the media comments in a press conference on Sunday, stating: "I know they've got to be honest and have their opinion, but they have a responsibility as an ex-England player that a lot of players looked up to.

"People do care about what they say, and do listen to them.

"Everyone has got their opinion, but the bottom line is we haven't won anything as a nation for a long, long time, and a lot of these players were part of that - they know how tough it is."

He continued: "I'd never disrespect any ex-player. All I would say is, remember what it was like to wear this shirt and that their words are listened to."

Kane's comments were met by a mixed reaction from England supporters, with some questioning whether he should have replied in public.

But speaking while on punditry duty for BBC on Tuesday, Lampard has offered an alternative viewpoint.

He said: "I think I would have done [said the same as Lineker and Shearer]. I’ve been in there, and actually said similar.

"But I don’t mind the interview, I think it shows a bit of grit. That’s what we need at the minute.

"Harry and Declan Rice spoke in a similar vein. The reality will be, and they’ll know this, and I saw it in their reactions after the Denmark game, as you saw them sit on the pitch. They know what’s happening.

"There will be a little bit of a reaction there, harnessing it in a way, that's no big deal. You’re playing for England, and there’s a big responsibility that comes with that at the top of the game. It’s good, and I like the fact that he spoke that way."

Featured Image Credit: Getty / BBC Sport

Topics: Frank Lampard, Euro 2024, Football