Alan Shearer has said that Harry Kane has made valuable contributions to the England side during the World Cup despite getting on the scoresheet only once.

Kane is on course to break several records for both club and country, with the striker chasing down Alan Shearer’s all-time Premier League goal record of 260 goals.

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The 29-year-old is just two short of overtaking Wayne Rooney’s tally for England and becoming the highest goal scorer in the Three Lions’ history. Gareth Southgate will be hoping that the Tottenham man can clinch the record in Qatar so that England go all the way in the competition.

While Kane has not been as prolific in front of goal this World Cup as he was in 2018, the England captain has shown different facets to his game, picking up three assists in the group stages.

The striker was once again heavily involved in almost all of England’s attacks in the round of 16 clash against Senegal, and Shearer has now spoken in glowing terms of his contributions to the side.

When asked what advice he would give to Kane ahead of the quarterfinal against France, the Newcastle legend said on Q&A for The Athletic: “The truth is, Harry doesn’t need my advice. I think he’ll be happy with the way he’s played. 

“Ideally, he would have liked a couple more goals, but he’s got one in the knockout stages and has more than played his part in terms of captaincy and the assists he’s made. 

“Knowing him, he would love to be up there challenging for the Golden Boot, but a World Cup for England would more than compensate.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Not a lot of world-class finishers can put their ego aside and work for the benefit of the team to the detriment of their own personal stats. The fact that Kane is willing to do that by dropping deep, shows the kind of character he is, and it is ludicrous that he gets criticised for being unselfish.

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