Rooney comes out in defence of criticised Tottenham star Kane

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The Manchester United forward thinks the 22-year-old's goal against San Marino will help his form this season.

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has defended his young Three Lions team mate Harry Kane ahead of the match against Switzerland, in comments appearing in the Mail, after the Tottenham striker saw his ability called into question by the national media following the 22-year-old's start to the Premier League season.

Kane, who was linked with the Old Trafford side this summer by the likes of Sky Sports, was the top scoring Englishman in the Premier League last season, scoring 21 times in the top flight and 31 times overall in an outstanding breakthrough campaign for the Tottenham academy graduate.

However, having set such high standards for himself last time round, critics have been quick to query his quality after a more muted start to the 2015/16 season where he has failed to find the net for his club side in four fixtures.

Kane did score a superb chip against San Marino on Saturday to get off the mark for the season, and Rooney jumped to the defence of his fellow forward when speaking to the media on Monday.

"‘I am sure that goal will help him but people need to lay off the criticism," the United star is quoted as saying by the Mail. "He is a young player - he didn’t score in four games for Tottenham, but he is young."

Rooney certainly knows a thing or two about finding the back of the net, having equalled Sir Bobby Chalrton's record of 49 goals against San Marino. He has also had to experience the weight of expectation after emerging onto the scene as a precociously talented 16-year-old, who has often had to carry the fortunes of both his country and his club side.

But 29-year-old's point is of course, a completely fair one. Kane has still been performing well for Spurs despite not scoring, and nobody would worry so much if a player went through a four-game goal-shy spell in the middle of the season, especially someone who is still developing like the Londoner surely is.

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