Fabio Capello has said that Harry Kane is England’s most important player and opposition teams will find it difficult to stop the Tottenham man, given the spaces he occupies.
England have arguably been the most impressive team we have seen in the World Cup so far, with Gareth Southgate’s men demolishing Iran 6-2 in their tournament opener on Monday.
Although Kane did not get on the scoresheet, he picked up two assists, providing a lovely cross for Raheem Sterling to turn home in the first half before holding the ball up impressively and playing in Marcus Rashford for England’s fifth.
The striker appeared to have some discomfort in his ankle after being on the receiving end of a late lunging tackle from Morteza Pouraliganji at the start of the second half.
The nation faced a nervous wait, with the England captain reportedly set to have a scan to determine the nature of the injury (The Athletic), but there were positive updates this afternoon (Guardian).
Capello believes that the importance of Kane to the current Three Lions set-up cannot be overstated.
The former England boss told Sky Sports Football Daily: “The player that improved the most, is Kane. He’s not only a forward – more than a nine. He moves on the pitch really intelligently. He is the player that other teams have to control. He is the most important player in the England team.
“He plays in the same position he does for Tottenham. The position Kane plays in, it makes it difficult to stop him. He has the space, and arrives running into the box, it is really, really dangerous. He is dangerous in scoring, and assists.”
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Having a nine and a half like Kane is ideal for England as it allows the likes of Mount, Sterling, Saka and Rashford to look to run in behind the opposition backline, which is their main strength. Although Callum Wilson is a top striker, he does not possess a similar skillset, which is why Kane is irreplaceable for the Three Lions.
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