Gareth Southgate hails Tottenham Hotspur star after Nations League triumph

England head coach Gareth Southgate has hailed Harry Kane as the best goalscorer in the world after the marksman changed the tide of the Nations League game against Croatia. The Three Lions had gone into the game needing a win to secure their finals berth but they found themselves after going 1-0 down right before the hour mark.

However, Kane spearheaded the revival by contributing towards Jesse Lingard’s leveller before scoring bagging the match-winning four minutes from the end of normal time. Speaking after the game, Southgate hailed Kane as the world’s best goalscorer whilst highlighting that he remains essential to the makeup of the team irrespective of the recent seven-match goal drought which ended.

He said:“He is the best goalscorer in the world, frankly. You’re always loathe to take a player off of his ability. I know people have criticised those decisions over the summer, but he is our penalty taker, our leader and in 98 per cent of the games his hold-up play and everything else he brings as well as his goalscoring is critical. We have huge belief in him and he is so hungry to lead the team on and lead the team further.”

Kane had not scored a goal for the Three Lions since the round of 16 stage of the World Cup but between that period, he had contributed immensely with the hold-up play and distribution and was fundamental towards the country’s shocking but yet comfortable 3-2 win over Spain where he contributed a couple of assists.

As such, the Englishman has managed to end the international year on a high note and the focus should now return to Premier League football where Spurs have made a strong start to the season. The north London giants have experienced their best-ever start to a top-flight campaign and they are currently occupying the fourth position on the standings with 27 points on the board.