Harry Kane believes he can score against the best teams in the world, after inspiring Tottenham to a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
The England international scored twice at Wembley as Mauricio Pochettino’s men kicked off their Champions League campaign with a terrific victory over the Bundesliga giants.
The result leaves Spurs second in a tough-looking group which also features Real Madrid and APOEL Nicosia, and Kane believes that he has the ability to score against the very best, with back-to-back ties against the European champions to come after a trip to Cyprus.
“In my eyes there’s still a long way to go,” he told reporters after being asked if he had achieved world-class status. “I’m very proud to be where I am and to produce my best against the best is what it’s all about.
“It’s a pleasing night for myself, personally, and for the team as well so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep working hard.
“I fancy myself to score against anyone in Europe or in the world. I’ve just got to take that confidence going forward and with the players I’ve got behind me, setting me up, I should be okay.”
Heung-Min Son scored Spurs’ opening goal after being set away by Kane, and the 24-year-old then scored his side’s second – the third of the match after Andriy Yarmolenko’s exquisite equaliser – with an excellent individual strike.
Collecting the ball on the halfway line, Kane shrugged off two Dortmund challenges before sending a rasping drive past Roman Burki, and then sealed the victory with a skidding low effort on the hour mark.
And Kane was thrilled with his first goal of the night, marking it out as one of the finest he has scored for Spurs.
“It’s probably one of the best goals I’ve scored for Spurs. A good individual goal, Jan just kind of booted it up in the air and I was there to chase it down and managed to get a good finish off in the end. It’s great to get a goal at a vital time, just after they got it back to 1-1 and we had chances in the second half to finish it off, we got the third and saw the game out well.”
While important in terms of momentum in Europe, Spurs’ win also marked their first of the season at Wembley, their temporary home for the campaign.
Kane, though, believes that the victory will achieve little if they do not build on it, with Swansea City to visit this weekend.
“That’s important, to build on it." he said. "We’ve had a fantastic result here tonight, the fans are buzzing, we’re buzzing so now we’ve got to back that up at the weekend.
“Swansea will come here and try and make it difficult for us to play but we’ve got a good win, now we’ve got to build on that and make this a really tough place for people to come.”