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Harry Kane was substituted in the quarter-finals after a lackluster performance. © APA/afp / OZAN KOSE

Category “Loser”: English angry at Kane

England's national team captain Harry Kane is under heavy criticism at the European Championships in Germany despite the Three Lions' reaching the semi-finals.

His again unremarkable performance at the 5-3 victory on penalties against Switzerland fueled doubts, especially in the media, that the 30-year-old star of FC Bayern is not currently in the best shape. "This is not the Kane we know. He is immobile and cannot develop freely," said the Guardian about the quarter-final, in which Kane was substituted before the penalty shoot-out.

Kane himself gave the all-clear after being substituted in extra time. "I'm fine, I was just tired. I had a bit of cramp, tripped over a couple of water bottles and both my calves were cramping," reported Kane, who was replaced by Ivan Toney. Without the captain, who is not usually substituted, all five English players later scored in the penalty shootout.

Harry Kane was struggling with cramps. © ANSA / GEORGI LICOVSKI

Although Kane scored two goals in the tournament, he does not appear to be fully fit after suffering back problems in the final stretch of the season with Bayern. The English branch of the portal Goal.com After the Switzerland game, Kane was even classified as a "loser". "The truth is that Kane hasn't been useful for a long time." In the opening game against Serbia (1-0), there was a half in which Kane only touched the ball twice.

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