Sir Geoff Hurst has revealed he is “slightly envious” of Harry Kane after claiming the England captain has added another string to his bow.
World Cup winner Hurst, 78, the hat-trick hero of the 1966 World Cup final, enjoyed the greatest moment in English football history but believes Kane is also destined to become a legend.
Kane passed the 50 cap barrier in Belgium on Sunday, is already sixth on England’s all time goalscoring list, but Hurst believes the Spurs striker has taken his game to a new level.
Hurst says Kane is now as much of a playmaker as goalscorer but also says he has improved his hold up play which makes him the complete package.
“I agree he’s now the complete player, he’s more than just a goalscorer and striker and we’ve seen in recent games for Spurs that his involvement in making assists is fantastic,” said Hurst.
“What I really liked about his play in the second half in Belgium on Sunday, when we controlled the game, but were always surrounded, you could play the ball to him in very tight situations and he very rarely lost the ball.
“That was quite incredible especially when you’ve got 21 players in one half of the pitch, not a lot of space around for the front players.
“But every time he received it, he was able to do something with it, wasn’t robbed or pushed off the ball.
“That was an element of his game on top of his distribution and also on top of his goalscoring, so he’s adding more and more to his game all of the time.
“Of course I should congratulate him because he got his 50th cap which I didn’t quite make because I got to 49 and I’m slightly envious of that.
“I didn’t quite make my 50th but he’s a fantastic player and if you could pick a Harry Kane in every position, have one outstanding player in every position, when you can say he’s the best in his position and then you’d know your best XI.”
Hurst also believes that England do have a hugely promising front line and, despite the promise shown in Belgium, they are seriously lacking the pace of Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling.
They do have other strong options in Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount but Sterling and Rashford would make England turbo charged.
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However, Hurst feels that injuries will continue to be an issue throughout this season for Gareth Southgate and is desperate to see other players step up and make positions their own as Kane has done.
Hurst said: “My view on recent games, Gareth has got a great selection of players in the attacking areas. It’s sad that Marcus Rashford didn’t play, Raheem Sterling didn’t play and in the second half we didn’t create enough chances.
“I felt strongly that we needed someone with the pace to knock the ball over the top. Sometimes, as a striker and I was taught at West Ham, you have got to turn players round, turn defenders round and don’t always play to feet. The physical side is important.
“If we’d have had Rashford who is very pacy, Sterling very pacy, it would have been another dimension and would have made a difference.
“You are talking about Belgium who are No1 in the world. It’s difficult to play three games in such short space of time is difficult because I’m sure the FA are under pressure from Premier League clubs.
“Look at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complaining about Luke Shaw coming back injured from a recent trip, not having as many subs which also disrupts the team and it would be nice where a manager is able to pick his best XI most of the time.
“Playing together is so important and yet the downside of having so many players, having such a big squad can sometimes be difficult if you’ve got too many players and start asking: ‘which XI do you pick?’ That becomes a slight problem.”
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