Jordan Henderson says Harry Kane is ‘one of the best strikers in the world’ as England captain shines

Kane scored a clinical first-half treble and set up Henderson as Gareth Southgate’s side won 5-0 at Wembley to all but book their place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

They now need just a point against San Marino on Monday after five first-half goals, including a Harry Maguire to break the deadlock.

Kane has scored just once in the League for Tottenham this season but Henderson believes his display was a reminder of his enduring quality.

Asked if Kane gets enough appreciation, the Liverpool captain said: “I think he’s appreciated. He certainly is from the players and that’s the most important thing really.

“From the outside, I think the majority of England love him for what he’s given over the past few years for the team. The goals he scores, the records he’s got – I do think the fans love him.

“But you’re going to get criticism at times, when you’re club form is not as great, probably at Spurs, as what he would want. He hasn’t been scoring as many goals as he’d want. So you’re going to get criticism but he’ll take it on the chin and make himself better.

“You saw tonight, he’ll get chances and put them away and he’s proven again tonight he’s still one of the best strikers in the world.”

Henderson admitted he was both surprised and not surprised by scrutiny of Kane’s form this season, saying criticism was part and parcel of the elite game.

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