Crouch hails ‘truly world class’ Kane


Speaking ahead of this afternoons Stoke’s former Spurs striker Peter Crouch has hailed Harry Kane as ‘truly world class’ and admitted that he ‘didn’t really stand out’ in training as a youngster.

Harry has had a rapid rise from Tottenham academy graduate to global superstar in the last few years, finishing as the Premier League’s top scorer for the last two years, and is a shoe in to be the next England captain, and he carries much of the weight of expectation in north London on his shoulders.

Crouch and Kane used to train together when the two were at White Hart Lane, and ahead of Stoke’s clash with Spurs abd Crouchy remembers their sessions together in his column for the Daily Mail.

“When I was at Tottenham, a 17-year-old used to train with us every now and again. He had reasonable technique and a great attitude but he didn’t really stand out. After he had finished a session, we used to say to each other: ‘Yeah, he’s OK.’ Then you’d go away and think about the session a little deeper. Afterwards, you’d realise this 17-year-old had actually scored a hat-trick,” he said.

Crouch added: “Today I can safely say the 17-year-old who didn’t really stand out now stands alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the goals he’s scored in 2017. Harry Kane came to sessions at Chigwell looking to learn from us but, in Saturday afternoon’s game at Wembley, I will look to learn something from him.

Crouch added: “The day I knew he had become truly world class was when we played Tottenham at White Hart Lane in February; there had been nothing much in the game but he got two half-chances in the first half and took the game away from us, finishing with a hat-trick as they won 4-0.”

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