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Newcastle fullback Trippier rejects Kane England doubts: He's a winner

Newcastle United fullback Kieran Trippier is full of praise for former Tottenham teammate Harry Kane.

Kane has repeatedly impressed for England, and has Wayne Rooney's all-time goal record of 53 in his sights, potentially during this tournament, but faced criticism of his performance in the draw with USA and even calls for him to be dropped.

Gareth Southgate was never going to drop his captain with a knockout stage spot yet to be confirmed, and Trippier underlined his former Tottenham team-mate's impact on the squad.

“It says everything about Harry [that he always wants to play]," Trippier said. “I've been lucky enough to play with him for club and country and I've always said it. He's one of the best professionals I've played with. The main leader in our group.

“Everybody wants to play every game and so does Harry. He is a winner, he wants to win and do his country proud. He does want to play every game but that is up to Harry.

“Harry behind the scenes, the way he conducts himself and leads by example, especially with the team we've got, and the young players, they look up to him and watch him: how he trains, how he recovers, how he prepares for games.

“And there's no one better to watch, even now I'm still watching him every day and learning stuff from him every day because I look up to him as well."

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