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Harry Kane hits back at Southgate question after England humiliation

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The Three Lions suffered a shocking 4-0 home defeat to Hungary in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

England captain Harry Kane has defended under-fire boss Gareth Southgate after a humiliating defeat to Hungary on Tuesday.

Hungary stormed to an emphatic 4-0 win in a Nations League clash. Roland Sallai’s brace, along with strikes from Zsolt Nagy and Daniel Gazdag, sealed all three points for the visitors at Molineux. It was England’s biggest home loss since a 5-1 thumping by Scotland in March 1928.

Kane defends Southgate

The Euro 2020 finalists held 69% of possession, but again struggled to create chances as Southgate opted for a third different formation in four games – raising questions over the manager’s ability to move the team forward.

“It’s a really disappointing question to be asked. Let’s not forget where we have come from,” Kane told BBC Radio about doubts over Southgate’s future.

“Gareth has been a key part of transforming this England team to one of the most successful sides we have had in the past 50 years.

“I know it’s disappointing for the fans. It has been a disappointing camp, every now and then football throws up a surprise. We have to look at the big picture. We’ve had two fantastic tournaments in a row. It’s not the time to panic. It’s a loss we’re disappointed with, but we need to stay calm and we know we have stuff to work on.”

England remain bottom of Group A3, with just two points to show from their opening four matches. Kane’s penalty from last week’s 1-1 draw against Germany is the only goal they’ve scored.