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Harry Kane speaks at England news conference ahead of final Euro 2024 group game against Slovenia | UK News

England captain Harry Kane has said he is feeling as “fit as I have all season” and is “getting fitter with each game” as he speaks to the media in Germany amid criticism of the national team’s performances at Euro 2024.

Kane’s comments come after Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate suggested his players are not fit enough following flat performances against Serbia and Denmark.

The England captain spoke in a 2.15pm news conference as the squad prepares to play Slovenia in their final Group C match on Tuesday night.

Before taking questions, the striker played darts with members of the press pack.

England are in a strong position to advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2024, but disappointing performances in their opening two games have drawn criticism from pundits and fans alike.

Southgate said his side have “limitations” and are struggling to play a pressing game and disrupt the opposing team because of their physical condition.

Kane was taken off in the second half as England limped to a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Thursday – with the Bayern Munich striker having also missed the end of the German domestic season with a back injury.

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Asked whether he feels he is able to play in all of England’s games in this tournament at the level he wants to play at, Kane replied: “In the first game I felt as fit as I have all season and, of course, I know I come off (the pitch) in the second game, but that was down to the manager wanting to… maybe freshen up the front players especially.

“So, for my point of view I’m fit, you know, getting better and better with each game and fitter with each game.

“I’ve spoken in previous tournaments about the same thing about, you know, trying to make sure you’re coming into your peak towards the most important part of tournament which is the knockouts.”

Asked about comments from former England striker-turned-pundit Gary Lineker, who described the Three Lions’ performance against Denmark as “s***”, Kane replied: “I’d never want to be disrespectful to any player, especially, you know, a player who’s worn the shirt and knows what it’s like to play for England.

“Of course I think what maybe ex-players or ex-players who are pundits now have got to realise is that it’s very hard not to listen to (what they say) now, especially for some players who are not used to it or some players who are new to the environment.

“So I always feel like (former players and pundits) have a responsibility. I know they’ve got to be honest and give their opinion, but also they have a responsibility of being an ex-England player… The bottom line is, we haven’t won nothing as a nation for a long, long time. And, you know, a lot of these ex-players were part of that as well… they do know that it’s tough to to play in these major tournaments. It’s tough to to play for England.”

Kane also said the team in a “good place” despite criticism of the team’s first two performances.

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