England head coach Gareth Southgate said on Saturday that striker and captain Harry Kane should not be judged for his performance during the World Cup third place play-off against Belgium.
England lost to Belgium 2-0 in St. Petersburg earlier on Saturday, matching their result of finishing fourth in 1990.
Kane scored six times in five World Cup matches and is likely to finish as the competition’s top scorer.
"Today is the seventh game in a short period of time, and we've had incredible physical and emotional demands on the least experienced team in the tournament. I think it will be wrong to judge any player on today's game. He [Kane] captains the team exceptionally well, he led the culture we're trying to create," Southgate told journalists.