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Harry Kane backed by Gareth Southgate to lead England well into his 30s like Ronaldo and Lewandowski

Harry Kane backed by Gareth Southgate to lead England well into his 30s like Ronaldo and Lewandowski

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Gareth Southgate claims the Three Lions captain has years left at the highest level, insisting the striker can remain his country’s talisman for as long as he wants.

Tonight sees Kane go head-to-head with Lewandowski when England take on Poland in their World Cup qualifier.

Southgate describes the pair as two of the finest strikers on the planet. And just as Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski remains at the top of his game at the age of 33, England’s manager says 28-year-old Kane can go on just as long.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has just become the all-time record goalscorer in international football at the age of 36 after returning to Manchester United.

Tonight, Kane will look to add to his 40 England goals and move closer to Wayne Rooney’s record of 53. Southgate said: “There is every chance he will go as long as possible because he’s an incredible professional.

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“Normally those things are determined by how you look after your body, what you eat, how you prepare. So he’s going to do that and that’s going to give him the best chance.

“You never know what circumstance can happen around that, but he will give himself the best chance.”

While Lewandowski has won the game’s biggest honours with Bayern, Kane is yet to win any major silverware and this summer saw his hopes of a move to Manchester City ended by Tottenham’s refusal to sell

Still, Southgate says Kane’s strike rate is proof enough that he is alongside the Pole as one of the world’s greatest forwards.

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