Monday 25 June 2018

Harry Kane is the best No 9 in the world - Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate insists he would not swap Harry Kane for any other No 9 at the World Cup following his hat-trick against Panama on Sunday.
Kane is now top scorer at the World Cup following his treble, which included two penalties, adding to the two he scored in the 2-1 victory against Tunisia on Monday.

He said "He's there, he's up at the top. We wouldn't swap him for anyone at the tournament in terms of No 9s. We know that when he gets opportunities he's going to bury them, you sit there very confident in his ability to take chances. But as important in that is the way he sacrifices himself for the team, the way he presses, holds the ball up, and contributes to the overall game. He's not a player who just stands up front and takes chances. That's important in the ethic of the team we're trying to create. Clearly the stage to do that is this one. He's started brilliantly. The penalty, some dismiss as being easy, but the length of time he had to wait to take it, the distractions to keep focused and refocus. It tells you a bit about the mental toughness he's got."

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