Fabio Capello makes 'Brazilian Ronaldo' claim while hailing Tottenham star Harry Kane
Kane is undoubtedly Spurs’ most important player, and it’s no different with England. The 29-year-old will be key for the Three Lions if they are to go far in the World Cup in Qatar, and Capello believes he’ll do well – because he’s not just a goalscorer like Ronaldo, he can do much more.
Fabio Capello: Brazilian Ronaldo just scored goals, Kane can score and assist
Capello has managed some great strikers over the years. The likes of Gabriel Batistuta and Antonio Cassano played under him, while he even gave Gonzalo Higuain his debut at Real Madrid.
However, the greatest striker the Italian has ever managed has to be Ronaldo, even though it was only for 13 games.
Capello spoke to Sky Sports this week and he was asked if Kane is one of the greatest forwards in the world. He hailed the Tottenham star and then went on to praise his ability to drop deep and assist his teammates – something that Ronaldo didn’t really do.
He said, as quoted by The Daily Mail: “I think so (Kane is one of the greatest strikers in the world). He is lucky enough to be coached by [Antonio] Conte, who has helped him improve.
“Kane doesn’t just wait for the ball. Now he drops off and is involved in the build-up. He is a player who scores goals and gets assists.
“Look at the greats, such as the Brazilian Ronaldo. He didn’t get many assists, he just scored goals.
“Kane is a player who gets involved in the build-up and he’s often the player getting an assist and setting up his teammates. I think he is England’s most important player.”
Ronaldo was definitely a better goalscorer than Kane, but the Englishman’s ability to drop deep and provide for his teammates is a phenomenal trait.
In his entire career, Ronaldo provided 75 assists in all competitions. Kane, on the other hand, has 66 to his name already, and he’ll surely surpass the Brazilian’s record in the coming months.
Tottenham have really benefitted from Kane’s ability to create chances. Son Heung-min, in particular, thrived last season, and if Gareth Southgate can get his tactics right, England could become a force in the World Cup this winter.
Kane, branded as an ‘incredible’ player, will definitely be England’s main man in Qatar, and it will be interesting to see how he’ll fare – both in terms of scoring goals and providing assists.
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