Harry Kane is the “most complete” No. 9 in world football, says Les Ferdinand, with the Tottenham striker being backed to shine for England and break Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record.
The Spurs frontman, who has remained prolific at club level over recent years, is currently chasing down World Cup glory with his country.
Kane’s six efforts in Russia have helped England into the quarter-finals, where they will meet Sweden, with his talismanic presence leading the charge for football’s grandest prize and the Golden Boot.
His performances in front of a global audience have proved to Ferdinand that the 24-year-old is an elite talent has every reason to believe that he can re-write the history books over the course of a goal-laden career – with Shearer’s record haul of 260 strikes in the English top-flight just one of the targets for a man who already has 108 efforts to his name.
“Harry Kane is up there with the best strikers in the world right now,” former Spurs frontman Ferdinand told Goal.
“There are very few better as he has it all – he scores with his right foot, left foot and head. He is probably the most complete No. 9 out there.
“If he stays free of injury then he could be the one to break Alan’s record.”
Chasing down domestic records must wait for now, with Kane’s focus at present locked on international matters.
Ferdinand added on England’s chances of securing a first senior title since 1966: “England have done what they’ve needed to do in this World Cup so far.
“They will never have a better opportunity to win the World Cup in my lifetime.”
Once the action in Russia comes to a close, attention can be switched to the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.
Kane will be among those expected to lead the scoring charts once again, with the man who pipped him to the Golden Boot last season, Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, also back for more after penning a new five-year contract at Anfield.
Ferdinand said of the Egyptian forward and his chances of replicating a remarkable 44-goal haul from 2017-18: “To be called a great striker you have to be able to produce performances week in, week out.
“Mo Salah had a fantastic season last year, repeating that this coming season will be tough but he’s more than capable.
“Mo has now signed a new contract at Liverpool and at this moment think this is the right move for him.”