Alderweireld insists ‘this is just the beginning’ for Tottenham team-mate Kane
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The Spurs centre back discusses Harry Kane and why the club are moving in the right direction
Spurs forward Harry Kane may have finished as top goalscorer at the World Cup, but club colleague Toby Alderweireld believes more is to come from the England captain.
The 24-year-old scored six times in Russia and although three of them were from the penalty spot, he still showed he can find the net regularly at the highest level.
Kane couldn’t produce his best in England’s final three games at the tournament – 2-0 win over Sweden, 2-1 loss to Croatia and 2-0 defeat to Belgium – but still impressed on the whole and Alderweireld has warned defenders around the globe the Tottenham Hotspur hitman is only going to get better.
“I think Harry is one of the best strikers in the world, of course he is,” the Spurs centre back told Press Association Sport.
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“He’s an all-round player. He’s not just scoring goals, he’s helping the team play better. The only thing he didn’t do is score against Belgium so that’s a positive for us!
“But he is a wonderful player and still very young as well, people forget that. He has the desire to be one of the best, maybe the best, and this is just the beginning I think.”
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Alderweireld was speaking after Belgium had beaten England to claim a third-place finish at the World Cup – their highest-ever placing.
He was one of 12 Spurs competing in Russia and nine of them made it to the semi-finals with Hugo Lloris eventually lifting the trophy as France captain.
Even though Tottenham are yet to win silverware as a club, Alderweireld believes the success of the squad at the World Cup shows the Lilywhites are moving in the right direction.
The Belgian added: “This is something for the club and the fans to be proud of and you can see that for the past few seasons.
“Of course everybody will say you didn’t win anything yet. but our level every season is top four and we are extremely consistent.
“You can see at this World Cup. The players are at a good level and being decisive players for their countries. Spurs are going the right way.”