Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Louis Saha has backed Harry Kane to take England into the latter stages of the World Cup if he is able to replicate his goalscoring form from this season.

Kane has found the back of the net on 13 occasions in 22 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions and is enjoying his best tally in the Premier League at this stage (transfermarkt), with Erling Haaland’s prolific start to the campaign at Manchester City instead dominating the headlines.

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Saha believes that if Kane can take his Spurs form into the tournament, the 29-year-old can help fire England into the semi-final of the tournament in Qatar.

The Three Lions kick off their Group B campaign against Iran on Monday afternoon and will also face Wales and the USA as they look to book their place in the next stage.

Kane also has the added incentive of eclipsing Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time top scorer, requiring just three goals to surpass the former Manchester United forward.

Saha told PaddyPower: “Harry Kane’s form is so important for England’s chances at the World Cup. He’s the main striker and if he’s playing well, he’ll score five, six or seven goals. Any team that has a player who scores that number of goals will be in the semi-final,”

“Kane is a guarantee anywhere in the world to get goals, championships and lifting trophies. He’s a big player and this season, he’s proved yet again that he is a world class player.

“Consistency is key and the number of years he’s remained at the top, everyone has expectations, and he still delivers. He has the armband for England, and he’s been very good for club and country.”

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Provided Kane and co can cope with the heat in Qatar, with the greatest respect to Iran, Wales, and the USA, he could easily find himself with four or five goals to his name by the time the group stage comes to its conclusion.

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