Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has called Tottenham talisman Harry Kane ‘the best in the world’ after training with him for the first time in the England squad.
Bamford, 27, was called up to the senior squad after Everton target man Dominic Calvert-Lewin withdrew from the team due to a muscle injury.
This marks the first occasion in Bamford’s career that he has been named in an England squad, and could record his debut for the national side over the international break.
He may need to wait for that to happen, though, with England captain Kane set to start for the Three Lions in their World Cup qualifier against Hungary this evening.
Bamford has spent the week training with England camp, and will have experienced what spending time alongside Kane is like. The Leeds man was in awe with the Spurs man’s technique following his first session alongside him, but denied any similarities in playing style.
He told reporters in England’s pre-match press conference: “To be honest, I haven’t really modelled by game on Harry. He’s the best striker, for me, probably the best striker in the world.
“But there are certain aspects where I look up to him and see that I can improve on by watching him.
“Even today in training, we maybe only trained only for an hour, but it’s how kind of crisp the contacts with the ball are when he is finishing and stuff like that.
“But I don’t know whether our games are as similar as people make out because sometimes I am running in behind a lot more and there are different aspects of it. Yes, there are definitely things I can learn from him.”
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It is a good experience for Bamford to train alongside Kane, as he is the main forward himself at Leeds. One thing that is similar between them is they have worked hard to get to where they are today, and are now both established Premier League forwards. In their early career, they both had to face adversity and fend of criticism during various loan spells. It’s clear that they’ve put all that behind them now.
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