England manager Gareth Southgate showered praise on national team captain Harry Kane following their 2-1 win over Croatia yesterday. The Three Lions defeated Croatia in a manner which avenged their semi-final defeat 130 days back. Croatia took the lead in the 57th minute through Andrej Kramaric. However, just minutes after coming on as a substitute, Jesse Lingard scored an equaliser thanks to an assist from Kane.
In the 85th minute, Kane scored the winner for England to send them to the Nations League Finals. The goal was Kane’s 20th for the national team and his first international goal since the World Cup.
Following the match, Southgate praised Kane, calling him the best scorer in the world. The 48-year old said, “Harry is the best goalscorer in the world, frankly. You’re always loath to take a player off of his ability. People have questioned some of those decisions over the summer but he’s our main penalty taker, our leader. In 98 per cent of the games, his hold-up play and goalscoring is critical. We have huge belief in him. He’s so hungry to lead the team on and further.”
England end 2018 with 10 wins which is the most number of matches England have won in a single year in the 21st century, bettering their 9 wins in 2006.
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