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Tottenham’s Harry Kane was right amongst it as England thrashed Bulgaria 4-0 on Saturday evening to maintain their unbeaten run in Group A of Euro 2020 qualifying.
Kane netted a hat-trick, including two penalties, and even provided the assist for Raheem Sterling’s goal.
You couldn’t have asked for much more from your captain.
He was at his best on Saturday, leading the line against a Bulgaria side who had held their own reasonably well in the first half, conceding just once and creating a few chances for themselves.
His goal-laden exploits in the Premier League this season, where he has bagged three goals in four matches, have clearly continued on the international stage, which can only be a good thing going into the game against Kosovo, who too are unbeaten in Group A.
In 76 minutes on the pitch, Kane had involvement in all four goals, so his contribution for the Three Lions was instrumental in picking up all three points.
The Bulgarian defence certainly felt his presence as he won 100% of the aerial duels he contested, while he assisted Sterling with a neat pass across the face of goal. He was also rather accurate with his shots, with 80% landing on target.
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The performance was certainly one way to repay the faith put in him by Southgate to be captain of the team going into next summer’s tournament.
Fans of the national side will be hoping the striker can continue this level of output when they face Kosovo at Southampton’s St Mary’s on Tuesday.