Kane calls on Euro 2016 refs to be 'strong'

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The Tottenham and England striker was on the receiving end of a sickeningly high challenge against Portugal and hopes referees remain vigilant at this summer's tournament

Harry Kane wants the officials at Euro 2016 to "stay strong" in order to clamp down on any foul play.

The England striker was on the receiving end of a high challenge from Bruno Alves on Thursday, with the Portugal defender shown a red card after his boot made contact with Kane's head.

Kane manfully picked himself up to chase the loose ball, in stark contrast to the theatrics of some players, and the Tottenham forward hopes that officials realise the severity of such challenges at the tournament in France.

"I'm always someone who always gets up and doesn't make the most of it," said the striker.

"It's good that the ref stayed strong. Other refs might have thought it wasn't as bad as it was and maybe given him a yellow, but it was a sending off at the end of the day."

Kane's international and Spurs team-mate Eric Dier spoke of the need for English players to adopt a more "streetwise" approach.

However, Kane wants to stick to his principles and put faith in the referees to mete out the justice.

"I know what Dier means, but I think a lot of English players are known not to go down as easy as [players from] other countries," Kane said.

"We'll see what happens come the tournament, but hopefully the refs stay strong."

Having beaten Portugal 1-0 at Wembley, England's next challenge is their Group B opener against Russia on June 11.

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