'Played really well': Gary Neville very impressed by Tottenham player at the World Cup, says he's 'top notch'
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'Played really well': Gary Neville very impressed by Tottenham player at the World Cup, says he's 'top notch'

Gary Neville has told his podcast that he was very impressed by Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane at the World Cup – labelling him ‘top notch’. 

Kane suffered heartbreak on Saturday night as England were knocked out of the World Cup by France. 

The 29-year-old missed a crucial penalty with just six minutes left in the game and Gareth Southgate’s men fell to a 2-1 defeat in the quarter-final. 

The Tottenham man dispatched a penalty earlier in the half as he beat his club teammate Hugo Lloris. But he blazed his next effort from the spot over the bar and missed the chance to level the game up. 

Now, Neville has delivered his verdict on Kane’s performance against France and he feels that the England captain put in a brilliant display. 

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Neville on Kane 

Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, the Manchester United legend feels Kane didn’t deserve to miss a crucial penalty after putting in an excellent performance over the course of the game. 

“I wouldn’t have anyone else taking the penalty in England other than Harry Kane,” Neville said. 

“He’s our great goal scorer. He could become the Premier League’s greatest ever goal scorer. He’s a wonderful player.

“I thought he played really well in the game last night [Saturday] by the way. He didn’t deserve it. He played really well. His performance was top notch.

“Every time they got the ball into him, their lack of composure and rashness around him was incredible. He kept laying it off, he kept popping it off. He didn’t deserve that. But it happens.”

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Kane bagged two goals and provided three assists during England’s campaign in Qatar. 

The Tottenham talisman was a standout performer for Southgate’s men but will understandably be devastated after what happened on Saturday night. 

His record from 12-yards has been near-flawless over the years for both England and Spurs, which will make the miss even more disappointing for him. 

Kane will now have to take some time to recover after what was an eventful campaign with England. He’s set to be back in action for Spurs on Boxing Day as Antonio Conte aims to maintain the club’s place in the top four. 

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