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Harry Kane sympathizes with the England fans who booed after their bitter 1-0 defeat by Italy

Harry Kane said he understood why England fans booed after Friday night’s 1-0 defeat by Italy in Milan.

Away fans vented their anger after the UEFA Nations League defeat that saw the Three Lions relegated from the top flight of the competition.

England have not scored in over 450 minutes of open play – and lost to Giacomo Raspadori’s second-half goal. It has increased the pressure on Gareth Southgate with less than two months to go before the World Cup in Qatar.

After the game, Captain Kane told Channel 4: “I think overall we had the better chances in the game. A nice moment for them with the ball over the top and they scored. From that moment on we dominated.

“Things are not going well for us at the moment. One of those things. Preparing for November, coming to places like this is really good preparation. We dust ourselves off, we learn from it and we prepare for Monday.

After five games without a win or even a goal, Southgate and the team in England will examine what the side needs to do to break that run.

“We’ll have to check that out,” Kane said. “You play against top opponents. You don’t get many chances in these types of games. Not quite clinical enough, with the flanks, with the degrees.

“It was a couple of disappointing games. It’s part of football, you learn, you move on. We’re gearing up for the biggest tournament of all in a few months. We have to make sure we’re ready for it.’

He said that despite the poor form, the English camp are not losing confidence, especially ahead of an important World Cup winter. England finished fourth at the last World Cup in 2018 and expectations were high for a similar performance, especially after finishing runners-up at last year’s Euro 2020.

Asked if the squad was less confident after the recent results, the captain told Channel 4: “I don’t think so. If you saw how we played today, I think we dominated with the ball. We created chances, especially in the second half.

“We have confident players, players who want to get the ball, players who want to get into those attacking positions. We looked pretty solid from behind, except for that one moment.

“No reason to panic. We know what we have achieved in the last four years, we know what we want to achieve in the future. This is a disappointment for everyone but we will move on and make sure we are ready for Monday.

Next week Germany travel to Wembley after losing 1-0 at home to surprise package Hungary on Friday.

Kane urged England fans: “As always, stand behind us. Playing against Germany at home, it doesn’t get much bigger than that.

“We’ve had some fantastic big tournaments in a row and I’m sure they’re looking forward to November. We’ll try to do a great job and win the game. Regardless, we know we’ll have full support in November once we get to this World Cup.

However, he fully understood the traveling fans in Milan, who booed after the referee’s final whistle.

“Of course we don’t win games. All fans in the world want to win games and we don’t quite do that,” Kane said.

“Germany lost today too, you’re playing against a top opponent. There is no easy game at international level.

“We have to learn, we have to keep going. Another big game in a few days. Hopefully we can win that and that will be great preparation for a few months.

The game against Germany is England’s last chance to play together before the start of the World Cup on November 20, while the Three Lions play their opening game against Iran the following day.

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