Harry Kane believes England teammate Raheem Sterling has been subjected to “unfair” reporting.
Kane and Sterling started upfront together in England’s 2-1 World Cup warm-up win over Nigeria on Saturday.
It ended a difficult week for Sterling, whose decision to have a rifle tattooed onto his leg became front-page news.
The tattoo was done months ago however, and was in commemoration his father, who was shot and killed when Sterling was just two.
It was then reported that the Manchester City forward had turned up late for duty a fortnight ago due to a mix-up with flights, for which he chose to apologise to the whole squad.
Kane feels that some of the coverage has been “completely unfair”, but that that is the nature of the beast.
“I think there’s some criticism and articles that go around which are completely unfair but unfortunately that’s part of the world we live in.
“In camp the focus is solely on football, the matches and building that team chemistry. And that’s what we’ve been doing.
“Raheem’s very strong mentally. He’s been training very well, he’s come out today and played excellently.
“As players, all we can do is fight and play for our country to the best of our ability.”