Phil Foden has said that opposition teams will look to double up on Harry Kane during the World Cup and called on England’s other attacking players to step up and deliver.

England have been heavily reliant on Kane to get them the goals ever since the striker first broke into the Three Lions set-up back in 2015.


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The 29-year-old scored six goals in Russia back in 2018, taking home the Golden Boot, and he found the back of the net four times during England’s run to the finals in the last European Championship.

The striker is heading into the tournament full of confidence on the back of his displays for Spurs this season and Gareth Southgate will be hoping that he once again delivers in Qatar.

However, Foden, who could start upfront alongside Kane and Raheem Sterling, has warned that teams will look to nullify the Spurs man.

The Manchester City star told The Times: “We can’t always rely on Harry [Kane] because teams are going to try to cut him off, because of how good he is.

“It is going to take not just Harry to step up this tournament. Us attacking players are going to have to step up as well at times.”

When asked about the similarities between Kane and Erling Haaland, the 22-year-old said: “Well, they both can score goals, can’t they? 

“Harry likes to drop, he can pick that pass off, whereas Erling is more, ‘I want to be in front of the goal and stay there and everything that comes my way I’m going to score’. It’s a pleasure to play with both.”

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We have not seen the best of Foden in an England shirt in his relatively short international career so far. The 22-year-old is arguably England’s best player after Kane and he could benefit from the extra space afforded to him if opposition teams decide to double up on the Spurs star.

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