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Trent Alexander-Arnold hits back at calls to drop England captain Harry Kane

Trent Alexander-Arnold hits back at calls to drop England captain Harry Kane

Trent Alexander-Arnold has slammed those who want Harry Kane for England's Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands.

Despite scoring two goals at the finals, many have criticised the Bayern Munich striker for his performances where he has looked off the pace with pundits and the press calling for him to be replaced by understudies Ivan Toney and Ollie Watkins.

However, Alexander-Arnold has warned that Kane's record tally of 65 goals for the Three Lions should not be underestimated ahead of Wednesday's (10.07.24) match.

The Liverpool ace said: "Anyone who is facing England would like to see Harry Kane not playing. You just know he is a threat. Anything in and around the box, you need to be on red alert, because he can finish it from any angle.

"I always say he is the best finisher I have either seen or played with. He can find the back of the net from anywhere. All round, he's a fantastic player. We are talking about England’s record goalscorer, so that is as big as anything you can say about him.

"He scores goals. He's scored two in the tournament, helped us win games and then as our captain, as our leader, he is someone who leads by example.

"He puts everything into games, so whether or not he is getting criticised, people will always have opinions and people will always say things. But he is leading us into a semi-final, so he must be doing something right."

Gareth Southgate has also defended Kane's performances at the tournament and suggested that he has made vital contributions for the Three Lions.

He said: "All of the games have been slightly different, I thought he did a super job for the team in terms of defensively, his positioning, his understanding of where he needed to be.

"He’s perhaps not flowing as he’s arriving in those deeper areas as sometimes he looks with his passing, but he’s still playing an immense part for the group."

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