Alderweireld praises Kane and direction Spurs are going

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Dom Le Roy

Toby Alderweireld twice got the better of Harry Kane at this World Cup but he believes the striker’s starring role at the World Cup is “just the beginning”.

Harry has netted six goals leaving him primed to bring the Golden Boot back to north London, with French pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe needing a hat-trick against Croatia in the final just to draw level.

The England captain drew a blank for the third game in a row as Belgium sealed a 2-0 win in the third-place play-off But defender Alderweireld had nothing but good things to say for his club colleague 

“I think Harry is one of the best strikers in the world, of course he is,” he told Press Association Sport.”He’s an all-round player. He’s not just scoring goals, he’s helping the team play better. The only thing he didn’t do is score against Belgium so that’s a positive for us!

He added:”But he is a wonderful player and still very young as well, people forget that.He has the desire to be one of the best, maybe the best, and this is just the beginning I think.”

Toby also claimed bragging rights over club mate Eric Dier, sliding to clear his goalbound chip off the line with the match delicately poised at 1-0. However Alderweireld commiserated with Dier over his missI spoke to him after, I said ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry’,” said Alderweireld.

“It was very good play from him, he did everything perfectly but unfortunately for him I was in the right place.”

We had a total of nine players involved in the last four of the tournament – testament to the calibre of the side compiled by Mauricio Pochettino and  Alderweireld was full of praise for which the club is going. He said: “It is something for the club and the fans to be proud of, you can see that for the past few seasons.

Of course everybody will say you didn’t win anything yet but our level every season is top four and we are extremely consistent. You can see at this World Cup. The players are at a good level and being decisive players for their countries.

Spurs are going the right way.”

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