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Gary Lineker responds to Harry Kane comments after x-rated England criticism

Gary Lineker has responded to Harry Kane's comments after the England captain urged former stars to be mindful of their words when criticising the current squad.

Lineker described England's performance against Denmark on his podcast as 's***' and demanded Kane 'to do a lot better' and Alan Shearer agreed with the criticism. Ahead of the Three Lions' final group match against Slovenia on Tuesday, Kane urged ex-players to be mindful of their comments as this can only have a negative impact.

"I would never want to be disrespectful to any player, especially a player who has worn the shirt and knows what it is like to play for England," Kane said. "The bottom line is we haven't won anything as a nation for a long, long time and a lot of these players were part of that as well and they know how tough it is, so it is not digging anyone out. It is just the reality that they do know it is tough to play in these major tournaments and tough to play for England.

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"I would never disrespect any ex-player. All I would say is remember what it is like to wear the shirt and that their words are listened to. Some of the lads, I don't know how many, but we do hear it. We all want to win a major tournament and I'm sure they want us to win a major tournament and being as helpful as they can and building the lads up with confidence would be a much better way of going about it."

And now Lineker has responded to Kane's comments in his latest appearance on the Rest is Football podcast. He said: "I get it [comment put to Kane by journalist] and it puts Harry

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