Trophies will help Spurs keep Kane: Sheringham

Three seasons ago, a young, gangly Harry Kane made his breakthrough at Tottenham Hotspur and his goals have since fuelled the club's challenge for the English Premier League (EPL) title.

Teddy Sheringham, having won three league titles and the Champions League with Manchester United and the Golden Boot while leading the Spurs front line, knows about a striker's craft and believes the north London club must do everything they can to keep Kane.

The 24-year-old broke Sheringham's Spurs top-flight record of 97 goals and reached the century milestone during Monday's 2-2 draw at Liverpool.

Sheringham, who was in Singapore to launch this year's JSSL's International 7s and Professional Academy 7s tournament, told The Straits Times: "In the past, there were a lot of world-class footballers in the England set-up.

"When you look at England now, you'll probably say that the world-class player is Harry Kane. Other than that, are there any other world-class players?"

Kane is reportedly a target of Spanish giants Real Madrid but Sheringham insists that fame and success have not changed Kane.

The former England striker said: "I've met Harry, he's a lovely lad - very unassuming, very modest boy. He's an exceptional talent, he scores goals for fun. I love watching him play.

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When you look at England now, you'll probably say that the world-class player is Harry Kane. Other than that, are there any other world-class players?

TEDDY SHERINGHAM , former England striker, on Harry Kane.

"He's selfish but not too selfish as centre forwards have to be. He can make goals, he can score all sorts of goals. His attitude is fantastic and he's a great leader who leads the line so well for club and country."

Kane is the league's leading scorer with 22 goals this term and will look to extend that tally today against Arsenal, who themselves boast a top marksman in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But Sheringham tipped the home side to triumph at Wembley.

He said: "Tottenham are a touch stronger at the moment but I do like the Arsenal forward line now.

"Aubameyang and (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan have played together before and they have a nice understanding.

"But Tottenham have a stronger defensive unit than Arsenal and that might decide the game."

Besides the promise of Champions League football, it is critical that Spurs show they are able to contend for silverware to match Kane's obvious ambitions.

Sheringham noted: "As long as Tottenham keep progressing the right way, he'll be happy. Tottenham have come forward in the last three years since Harry has been playing for the club.

"They are now at the top end of the scale, they need to start winning things to keep players like Harry happy at the club."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 10, 2018, with the headline 'Trophies will help Spurs keep Kane: Sheringham'. Print Edition | Subscribe