Jordan Henderson has lavished praise on Harry Kane, insisting the striker showed against Albania that he is still one of the best in the world.
Kane’s form has dropped off dramatically over the last few months at Tottenham, with the striker going from being the Golden Boot winner last season to having scored just one goal in the league so far this campaign.
When asked about his struggle, the England captain stated ahead of the game on Friday that it was only a matter of time before he starts scoring with regularity again.
The 28-year-old was certainly proven right as he netted a perfect hat-trick in the first half as England thrashed Albania 5-0.
Henderson insisted irrespective of the noise from outside, that Kane’s teammates know of the value he brings.
When asked if the Tottenham man was appreciated enough, the Liverpool midfielder told The Evening Standard: “I think he’s appreciated. He certainly is from the players and that’s the most important thing really.
“From the outside, I think the majority of England love him for what he’s given over the past few years for the team. The goals he scores, the records he’s got – I do think the fans love him.”
Henderson, who set up Kane’s first goal against Albania with a perfect cross, insisted that the Spurs striker is experienced enough to deal with the criticism that has come his way.
The 31-year-old added: “You’re going to get criticism at times when you’re club form is not as great, probably at Spurs, as what he would want.
“He hasn’t been scoring as many goals as he’d want. So you’re going to get criticism but he’ll take it on the chin and make himself better.
“You saw tonight, he’ll get chances and put them away and he’s proven again tonight he’s still one of the best strikers in the world.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The fact that Kane’s place in the starting eleven was being questioned by some before the game was ridiculous. While his form at club level has been poor this season, the striker was always going to come through the barren patch and start scoring again.
Kane finding his goalscoring boots against minnows like Albania and San Marino could work out very well for Spurs as he will now return from the international break full of confidence.
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