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Friday 18 October 2019

Kane ‘proud’ of England response to racist chanting in Montenegro

England players were subjected to monkey chants by Montenegro fans.

Harry Kane received his MBE from Prince William (Yui Mok/PA)
Harry Kane received his MBE from Prince William (Yui Mok/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

England captain Harry Kane has spoken of his pride at how his team-mates dealt with being racially abused in Montenegro on Monday.

Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi were subjected to monkey chants during the Three Lions’ 5-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win and the response of Hudson-Odoi and Raheem Sterling, who was not directly abused, in the aftermath was widely praised.

Kane, who scored in Podgorica, believes the manner of his side’s victory was the “best way of proving those people wrong”.

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Raheem Sterling responded to racist chanting in Montenegro with his goal celebration (Nick Potts/PA)

“It’s great how the boys have handled it,” said Kane, speaking to Press Association Sport as he received his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

“It’s important that the people in charge take the right action because it is not acceptable in any country or any field or sport or job.

“I am just proud of how the boys have handled it.

“When stuff like that happens it’s about more than football but the boys focused on their job, didn’t let it affect them and it proved the best way of proving those people wrong by the winning the game and scoring goals.”

They proved the best way of proving those people wrong by the winning the game and scoring goals. Harry Kane

Kane, joined by his partner Kate Goodland and his parents, was presented with his gong by president of the Football Association Prince William as recognition for winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia last year.

The Spurs man was also congratulated by the Prince on England’s last two games, where they scored 10 goals on their way to wins over the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

Kane’s attention now returns to domestic matters and after Spurs visit Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, they finally play the first game at their new stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

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Kane was recognised in the New Year’s honours list after winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup last summer (Victoria Jones/PA)

His thirst for getting on the score-sheet is notorious, but the 25-year-old says the chance to earn a piece of history by becoming the first player to score there is outweighed by the need for three points.

He added: “I think the most important thing is we want to win the game.

“You never want to go into a new stadium without getting a result. Of course as a striker I would want to score but the most important thing is we win.”

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