England boss Gareth Southgate on having faith in Harry Kane's abilities
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England boss Gareth Southgate on having faith in Harry Kane's abilities

England manager Gareth Southgate has affirmed that he has always had faith in Harry Kane's ability to provide assists as well as his finishing.

Kane is currently on seven goals and eights assists in eight Premier League matches played for Tottenham Hotspur in the ongoing season and Southgate is proud to have his player on such top form ahead of England's clash against Belgium on Sunday night.

“I know there seems to be more emphasis or more spotlight on that part of his game now, but he’s definitely always had it,” Southgate told reporters as quoted by Reuters.

“He’s as good a provider and as good a passer as he is a finisher and he is, of course, an outstanding finisher.

“Clearly the combinations at club level with Son (Heung-min), in particular (are impressive). When you’ve got runners going beyond him, he’ll find the passes. So we’re privileged to have him… it’s great to see him hitting that sort of form.”

Kane was on the bench during England's 3-0 victory over Ireland on Thursday but as per Southgate, he is hopeful the England international will be receiving his 50th cap on Sunday.

“I’m hoping he does get that 50th cap… because it would mean we would have got through another couple of days without losing another player,” Southgate continued.

“Harry’s scoring record for us is phenomenal. You always know, going into a game with the likes of him and Raheem (Sterling), that we’ve got tremendous goal threat now, which a lot of countries would be delighted to have.”

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