England captain calls for critics to lay off Tottenham striker Harry Kane

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has jumped to the defence of his under-fire England international teammate Harry Kane, Mail Sport reports.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker has come in for criticism at the start of the new season because of his lack of goals at club level, but did score his second senior international goal with a brilliant effort against San Marino on Saturday evening as the Three Lions sealed their qualification for Euro 2016.

Last season Kane enjoyed a breakthrough year as he struck 21 league goals for the north London outfit and is expected to spearhead their hopes of claiming a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, but is yet to get going in Spurs’ first four games of the 2015-16 campaign.

Rooney, who is yet to get off the mark for the Red Devils in the Barclays Premier League, has called for criticism of Kane to stop:

“I am sure that goal will help him but people need to lay off the criticism. He is a young player – he didn’t score in four games for Tottenham, but he is young,” Rooney said.

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Kane will be hoping his goal against the international minnows will earn him a start in the game against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday night as the hosts look to maintain their 100% record in Group E.

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