'Can't speak highly enough of him': Paul Merson says Spurs have an 'unbelievable' talent in their ranks
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'Can't speak highly enough of him': Paul Merson says Spurs have an 'unbelievable' talent in their ranks

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has rallied round behind Tottenham Hotspur and England star Harry Kane.

The Arsenal icon came to the defence of the Spurs star in wake of England’s narrow defeat to France in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Kane drew Gareth Southgate’s side level in the 54th minute from the penalty spot after Aurelien Tchouameni had opened the scoring for Les Bleus in the first half.

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The Tottenham ace then had a second chance to equalise from 12 yards in the 84th minute after Olivier Giroud had made it 2-1 six minutes earlier.

However, Kane uncharacteristically blazed his second spot kick over. England couldn’t kick on thereafter, and ended up losing to the reigning champions.

‘Not in my wildest dreams’

Many of the Spurs star’s peers have come to his defence, with Merson the latest to do so.

“It all came down to fine margins,” the former England ace wrote on Sky Sports.

“In my wildest dreams I wouldn’t have said Harry Kane would put that penalty over the bar, not in my wildest dreams.

“If the goalkeeper saves it, fair enough, but he is never putting that over the bar.

“If I could have picked any player in the world to take a penalty it would have been Kane.

“I said after the group stage that if England were going to win the World Cup, then Kane would have to score three or four goals before the tournament ended.

“Like clockwork, the goals started flowing for Kane in the knockout stages. And if that penalty goes in, he would have gone on to win the Golden Boot.

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“That’s how good Kane is. Even after failing to score in the first three games he could have been on course to finish top scorer at the tournament.

“He is unbelievable and will come again, make no mistake about it.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him. If I had to pick someone to take a penalty tomorrow morning, even after missing against France, I’m picking Kane.”

Kane will surely bounce back from World Cup setback

Penalties are always a bit of a lottery. Even among the best players of all time, there won’t be many with 100 percent records from the spot.

In major tournaments, the margins between glory and defeat are paper-thin. It’s a massive shame what Kane went through, but he will no doubt bounce back.

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