London - Harry Kane spoke on Thursday of his pride at how his teammates dealt
with being racially abused in Montenegro as he collected an award for
"services to football" after leading England to the World Cup
Racist chanting was directed at several black England players,
including Danny Rose, during Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier in Podgorica,
which England won 5-1.
England captain Kane, 25, who scored in the match, believes the
manner of his side's victory was the "best way of proving those people
"It's great how the boys have handled it," said Kane, speaking as he
received his Member of the Order of the British Empire award from
Football Association president Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
"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
European governing body UEFA has charged Montenegro with racist
behaviour and the Montenegrin FA said it would ban any supporters found
to have racially abused England's black players.
Kane finished as the top-scorer at last year's World Cup in Russia, where England reached the last four.
His 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.
Kane said the chance to earn a piece of history by becoming the first
player to score there is outweighed by the need for three points as
Spurs battle to finish in the top four.
"I think the most important thing is we want to win the game," he said.
"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."