Harry Kane urges fans 'not to forget where England have come from' after Hungary debacle

Krishan Davis
It was a miserable night for Kane
It was a miserable night for Kane / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Harry Kane has told England supporters not to forget the years of hurt following the Three Lions' humiliating 4-0 Nations League defeat to Hungary on Tuesday night.

Gareth Southgate's side were dismantled by their visitors at Molineux, falling behind to Roland Sallai's first-half strike before shipping three more in a feeble second period as they tried and failed to chase the game.

The result has inevitably led to intense scrutiny - especially surrounding manager Southgate - but Kane jumped to England's defence after the match, pointing to the fact that they have reached the semi-finals and final of consecutive major tournaments.

“It’s a disappointing night,” Kane told Channel 4. “First half, I thought we created enough chances to score, but it’s been the story of our Nations League so far. We haven’t quite had the cutting edge. But the second half is unacceptable, once we went 2-0 down, to concede in the way we did.

“But it’s no time to panic, we need to keep our heads up, look forward to a break and come back stronger in September. It’s our first big defeat in a long time.

“Our defence has been the structure of our success in the last four or five years. It’s a night to forget, but you have to take it on the chin. We’re preparing for a big World Cup, and will learn a lot from this camp.

“Let’s not forget where we’ve come from: a first final in 60 years, and a semi-final at a World Cup. Compared to where we were over the last 50 years, it’s no time to panic. It’s not going to be perfect every game, the fans have to understand that.”

England now have just two more matches scheduled before their World Cup campaign begins in Qatar in November and are facing relegation from Nations League Group A3.