'England Star Motivated By Messi & Ronaldo'
'England Star Motivated By Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo'
An England star is using Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as motivation in his quest to become one of the world's best players, according to Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has taken the English football by storm since making his debut for the national team in 2015.
The 24-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 20 international appearances, is driven by a determination to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, according to Southgate.
"I had some interaction with (Spain head coach) Julen Lopetegui at a game where he was commenting on how lucky I was to have Harry playing," the England boss said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"He's in top form, but he's also got the mentality to want to be the best.
"He knows how many goals in games he has, and also how many Ronaldo and Messi had at this point. He's driven to be one of the world's best. Why can't that happen moving forward?
"I have every trust in Harry. I've worked with him long enough, from the U21s through, and he'll deliver whatever the occasion. He relishes the occasions. We're still talking about a 24-year-old, so there's still much more to come from him."
Kane has scored 78 goals in 116 Premier League appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, and has also won two consecutive Golden Boot awards.
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