Gareth Southgate Claims England Star Is Best In The World
Gareth Southgate has claimed that Harry Kane is the "best goalscorer in the world" after England came from behind to beat Croatia at Wembley yesterday.
The Three Lions trailed Croatia by a goal but with 12 minutes remaining Kane set-up Jesse Lingard before netting himself five minutes from time.
The result means that Southgate's side topped group A4 ahead of Spain and head to Portugal for the finals next summer, while Croatia are relegated to group B.
The Tottenham striker ended his eight-game England goal drought with his 85th minute winner and Southgate lauded Kane, saying: "He's the best goal-scorer in the world. You always loathe to take a player off of his ability.
"He's our main penalty-taker, leader and his hold-up play is critical. We have huge belief in him and he is so hungry to lead the team further.
It was the 25-year-old's 20th strike for his country leaving him 33 goals behind Wayne Rooney's record of 53.
He is 6/4 to go on and beat Wazza's tally and become England's all-time leading goalscorer and he has the belief in himself to do so.
"It's definitely possible, but it's a fair bit away," Kane said at the press conference in the build up to yesterday's match.
"I don't like to set targets that far ahead because a lot can happen, we'll see over the next few years.
"Hopefully I'll still be fit and healthy and still getting picked by the manager. It's definitely achievable, but I'm not thinking too much about it."
While the World Cup Golden Boot winner has also bagged six goals in the Premier League this season, two less than leader Sergio Aguero, making him 10/3 to win his third Prem Golden Boot in four years after he was piped to it by Liverpool's Mohammed Salah last term.
Meanwhile, England reached the semi-final of the World Cup in the summer, however, the squad for the Nations League games looked much different with the likes of Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez and Jadon Sancho all being integrated into the squad.
Southgate believes bringing in the new youngsters has had a massive impact on the squad.
"We knew to keep the hunger, you need competition for places," the England gaffer said.
"We had a close look at Ben ahead of the summer, didn't think he was quite ready, but he's started the season really well at Leicester.
"The younger ones have emerged so quickly. Gomez would probably have come with us the summer if he was fit. We're not afraid to put them in."