Martin Keown has said that some of Harry Kane’s assists at the World Cup are reminiscent of former England star David Beckham.

Kane has an outstanding goal record for England, having found the back of the net 51 times in just 78 matches and he is just three goals short of overtaking Wayne Rooney’s all-time record tally for the Three Lions (Transfermarkt).

Harry Kane

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However, the Tottenham man has not found the back of the net in Qatar so far and has instead been the chief provider for the side, sitting at the top of the assist charts with three to his name in the tournament.

With the lovely cross he provided for Phil Foden’s goal in the 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday, the 29-year-old equalled Beckham’s England record of three assists in a World Cup back in 2002 (BBC Sport).

Keown admitted that Kane’s crosses have been reminiscent of the former Manchester United man and backed the England captain to be among the goals in the knockout stages, just as he was in the last European Championship.

When asked whether the striker’s lack of goals in Qatar matters, the Arsenal legend told The Daily Mail: “It will matter to Harry, though. Goals are like oxygen for Kane. He will be struggling to breathe until he gets a goal. But then this is a movie we have seen before.

“Kane didn’t get a goal in the group stages of Euro 2020. Then he scored against Germany in the last 16, Ukraine in the quarters and Denmark in the semis.

“Sometimes I’d like to see Kane stay higher up the pitch. But it isn’t as if England’s striker has not been contributing. Some of his assists have been reminiscent of David Beckham. That low cross for Foden was sublime.”

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Some strikers like Erling Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo usually do not affect the game at all when they are not scoring goals. Kane is certainly not like that as he possesses a lot of useful facets to his game, not least his ability to create as a number ten.

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