Harry Kane: probably not best in the world, but perfect for this England team | Barney Ronay

Gareth Southgate’s post-match proclamation about his captain raised a few eyebrows but 20 goals and a World Cup golden boot in his first 35 games is not bad going

Oh, Gareth. We almost made it. Although, who knows, with a little time those Harry Kane remarks might just start to make their own kind of quietly insistent good sense.

The end of November will mark two years since Gareth Southgate’s rather bashful unveiling as England manager, a reign that began with a public apology deep in the grey concrete bowels of Wembley stadium. It has become commonplace to suggest Southgate is yet to put a foot wrong in that time, an impression confirmed by England’s performance against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

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