International manager claims Harry Kane could become England’s greatest ever striker

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Kane has no shortage of admirers in world football and the Tottenham man can now add Belgium manager Roberto Martinez to the growing list of people who have raved about his all-round ability.

This evening’s Nations League clash between England and Belgium will mark Martinez’s 50th game in charge of the Red Devils, while it is also set to be Kane’s 50th cap for the Three Lions.

The former Wigan and Everton boss is well aware of what the Tottenham striker can do, having witnessed his rise first hand during his time in English football.

The Spaniard raved about Kane’s ability to score as well as create goals and hailed how the 27-year-old had come through tough loan spells to develop into the player he is today.

Speaking about the England captain, Martinez told Express and Star: “I didn’t know about our landmark of 50 games came in the same game.

“But with Harry Kane, I know much is demanded for a player nowadays to get 50 caps and I think that shows you the commitment that he has for England.

“I had the opportunity of seeing Kane developing and growing as a player, going out on loan from Spurs and then starting to play.

“I think he’s evolved into one of the most clinical number nines in world football and you’ve got a very modern target man in Harry Kane – someone who can assist and play and has got great finishing stats.

“I think he is a very complete striker but it’s a wonderful story of seeing a young player develop – going out on loan, getting different experiences in different clubs and then becoming this iconic player for Spurs for England.”

Kane already has 32 goals in his 49 caps for England to date and is on course to pass Wayne Rooney’s all-time highest tally of 53 if he maintains his current strike rate.

Martinez is confident that it is only a matter of time before the striker reaches the milestone.

When asked whether Kane could be England’s greatest ever striker, the Belgian boss said: “Absolutely – but I think I’m nobody to give an opinion.

“I think Southgate is the perfect man to answer that question but I would say as an outsider, that I think the development of Harry Kane has been outstanding and he is a player that can break all sorts of English records for the national team.

“I wouldn’t be surprised at all. He’s got the potential to achieve and I would say that I think the record of Wayne Rooney is quite clear, and it is an impressive stat but Harry Kane is in a position to achieve that.”

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