Chelsea attacking-midfielder Kai Havertz has described Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane as a “top striker” ahead of England’s highly anticipated Euro 2020 clash with Germany at Wembley on Tuesday.
After successfully making it through Group D as group winners, the Three Lions, who won two of their three group games, will face Germany in the last-16, looking to set up a quarter-final tie against either Sweden or Ukraine in Rome on Saturday evening.
Having failed to score in England’s three group games against Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic, Three Lions skipper Kane will be desperate to make his mark on the tournament and fire Gareth Southgate’s side into the last-eight.
However, standing in their way will be a Germany side that will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to three matches after beating Portugal 4-2 and playing out a 2-2 draw with Hungary last Wednesday evening.
Ahead of the highly anticipated match-up, Germany midfielder Havertz, who has scored two goals during the tournament so far, was quizzed on what he made of Kane, with the Germans no doubt carefully plotting a plan for how they will look to stop him from getting off the mark.
Hailing the Spurs striker’s talents, Havertz said: “He is a top striker who is not a classic and not a false number nine. He’s something in between.
“He picks up the balls from behind, plays deadly passes to the front and is brutally good in the box.
“He has a great shot on goal and a good eye for the spaces. He’s difficult to grab for a central defender because he runs deep, comes short and can shoot.
“It is not for nothing that he has scored and prepared the most goals in the Premier League this season.”
Although Kane was the leading marksman in the Premier League in 2020/21, he has struggled to live up to expectations so far this summer, failing to deliver the goods that so many expected him to produce.
But despite firing blanks in England’s opening three games of the tournament, it has not forced Chelsea into retracting their interest in his services this summer.
That is because, according to Goal, Kane remains a ‘primary target,’ alongside Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, for them this summer, as they look to strengthen their attacking options.
Blues chief Thomas Tuchel is desperate to add a new striker to his ranks this summer, with the west London outfit keen to add some much-needed firepower to the squad after Timo Werner failed to hit the high notes in his maiden season in English football.
But considering that Spurs value Kane at well over £100million, plus the fact that Chelsea are a close rival of the north London outfit, it is unlikely that Daniel Levy – the Spurs chairman – would sell Kane to the Blues.