Kane has become the complete package as he is set for his 50th cap

Harry Kane has taken his game to a new level and become the complete package as the England captain is set to celebrate his 50th international cap against Belgium in the Nations League

  • Harry Kane was given his first England cap in March 2015 against Lithuania 
  • Now the England captain, the striker is set to celebrate his 50th against Belgium
  • The 27-year-old is now firing in the goals and also providing a lot of assists
  • Kane is a precious jem for Gareth Southgate and become the total package 

Don’t call Harry Kane the Assist King — he’s unlikely to take too kindly to it. It wouldn’t be entirely accurate either.

Thirteen goals already for Tottenham this season prove that Kane, who is set to win his 50th cap for England in Belgium on Sunday, hasn’t lost any of his sharpness in front of goal.

However, the complete striker — rather than the assist king — would be a more suitable term. And it would certainly sit more comfortably with Kane himself.

Harry Kane is set to celebrate his 50th international cap for England against Belgium

The England and Tottenham star has become the complete package with his goals and assists

Goals — all 249 of them for club and country — have elevated Kane to where he is today and he is not trying to disassociate himself with the habit of a lifetime.

You can’t, however, ignore the numbers. Ten assists in all competitions so far for Jose Mourinho’s men, those 23 goal involvements making him the most in-form centre forward in Europe.

When Kane leads England out for Sunday’s crucial Nations League clash and reaches his half-century, Gareth Southgate will need no reminding of the precious gem he has in his possession.

Having named him captain prior to the 2018 World Cup, the manager has watched Kane flourish into arguably the best English striker of a generation. 

His startling strike rate at international level of 32 goals from 49 games puts him on course to break Wayne Rooney’s Three Lions record of 53. ‘The first game we had him I was with the Under 21s,’ said Southgate. ‘He started on the bench, but came into the game as a No 10.

‘We were away in Finland and he came on. We had Saido Berahino as a No 9 and Harry immediately created a goal that got us an equaliser.

Gareth Southgate knows that Kane is a precious jem of a player in his England set-up

‘There seems to be more emphasis on that part of his game now but he’s definitely always had it.

‘He’s as good a provider and as good a passer as he is a finisher — and he is, of course, an outstanding finisher. Clearly the combinations at Spurs with Son Heung-min — when you’ve got runners going beyond him, he will find the passes. So we are privileged to have him, we know that and it’s great to see him hitting that sort of form ahead of the weekend.’

Kane has scored an impressive 32 goals and is sixth on England’s all-time goalscoring list

Those who have closely followed his career won’t be surprised by Kane’s all-round game. He spent much of his junior career as a No 10. 

Fledgling Kane still had an eye for goal, but creatively he was one of the best in the Spurs youth ranks.

Those close to him as he came through the academy also suggest his lack of lightning pace made him more suited to being a creator of goals rather than a prolific scorer of them.

It wasn’t that he was a slouch. But he would often use his intelligence to find pockets of space in front of a defence rather than looking to run beyond.

Of course, the precision of his finishing meant the goals flowed, but Kane has always been more than just a goalscorer.

In his 28th year, it is as if he has come full circle.

But many at Spurs believe Kane’s emergence as one of the world’s most rounded centre forwards is down to his attitude and work ethic rather than any emphasis on altering how he plays. 

Indeed, Mourinho still very much views him as the focal point of his attack.

Which goes to show, king Kane really is the complete package now.




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