'Kane is England's Messi or Ronaldo' - Spurs striker inside world's top five, says Redknapp

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The former Three Lions midfielder believes Tottenham's prolific frontman is the man to inspire Gareth Southgate's side to World Cup glory in Russia

Harry Kane is England’s answer to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Jamie Redknapp, with the Tottenham striker one of the top five players in world football.

Having starred at club level over recent years, collecting two Premier League Golden Boots for Spurs, the 24-year-old is now considered to be “the talisman” for his country.

Gareth Southgate has handed Kane the captain’s armband for England’s World Cup 2018 campaign, and he has led by example with five goals en route to the last 16.

That haul has included a hat-trick against Panama, with the Three Lions now looking to their prolific skipper to guide them past Colombia and cement a standing among the global elite.

Former England midfielder Redknapp expects Kane to continue leading a charge for glory in Russia, telling Sky Sports News: "He is our Messi, our Ronaldo. He is the talisman, the person we will be looking at to score and to make that difference.

"He is leading by example. He is the player that everyone is talking about - wherever you go at the moment, people from all around the world.

"He has gone to another level and elevated his game. Not only that but as a person and everyone thinks he is one of the best players in the world now - he is in the top five and things can only get better."

While Kane has been the key man for England, complementing his treble against Panama with a match-winning brace in an opening contest with Tunisia, Southgate has also drawn plenty of praise for the manner in which he has set about instilling belief and a positive attitude within the Three Lions camp.

Gareth Southgate England World Cup 2018

Redknapp added on the man at the helm: "They have played with no fear and I always think that has been a major problem with England in the World Cups and European Championships the last three or four campaigns.

"You can see the players have been transfixed by fear, it has almost taken over them, and that has sometimes come from the top.

"When you go into the games, how you portray the team - if you are so worried about the press - that is only going to transmit to the players.

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"Gareth has said 'we are going to embrace this, enjoy it, play' and hopefully they carry on doing this because at the moment, and I think I speak for everybody when I say this, the whole country has fallen in love with England again.

"We have an unbelievable opportunity to do something very special. I look at that squad and I get really jealous and think I would love to be in that squad.

"It looks like it is great fun, they are all playing for each other, with freedom and that is the greatest compliment I could give them. That is what Gareth Southgate has created so far."