Nigel de Jong has compared Harry Kane’s assist for Raheem Sterling in England’s win over Iran to the kind of passes that Kevin de Bruyne frequently provides. 

Kane has been criticised at times for dropping too deep while playing for England but the Tottenham man proved once again on Monday how deadly he can be when he picks up the ball in deep areas.

Harry Kane

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Although the England captain did not get on the scoresheet in the Three Lions’ 6-2 demolition of Iran, he did pick up two assists. 

Kane impressively made a yard for himself and delivered an inch-perfect cross for Sterling to turn home towards the end of the first half before holding up the ball brilliantly and playing Marcus Rashford through on goal for England’s fifth goal.

De Jong was extremely complimentary of the 29-year-old’s cross to Sterling, suggesting that the pass was just as impressive as the Chelsea star’s finish.

The former Man City midfielder told ITV Sport (21/11/22 from 14:00 onwards) about England’s third goal: “It’s great for him (Sterling’s first World Cup). He’s having a tough time, especially with his transition from Manchester City to Chelsea. 

“I am very pleased he’s on the scoresheet. He’s always going to be one of the first names on the team sheet. 

“This pass from Kane, it’s a little bit Kevin de Bruyne-like, the way he put it and (then the finish isn’t easy) with the outside of his right foot (from Sterling).”

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The way Kane took that little bit of extra time on the ball to wait for Sterling to run into the box before making a yard and whipping a perfect ball into the Chelsea star, was brilliant to watch.  The 29-year-old is irreplaceable for England, which is why Gareth Southgate will be hoping that the knock on his ankle is not serious.

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