Jose Mourinho has revealed on TalkSPORT that he was in contact with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane yesterday.
Kane and Mourinho enjoyed an excellent relationship when they worked together at Tottenham.
And when asked if he had been in contact with the striker before the tournament, Mourinho admitted that he had messaged him to wish him good luck.
“I did yesterday. Now it’s time to close the door and leave them in their room and with family and close friends,” he said.
“But from my side, when a player is my boy he is always my boy even when we don’t work together.”
Mourinho then went on to specify how he felt Kane should be deployed by the Three Lions.
“I don’t think he’s very comfortable with it [playing with two strikers]. He’s not even used to it,” the Portuguese boss added.
“What is needed is what we tried at Tottenham, is that he drops so much and gets between the lines, so he has such quality and is a technical player that he can assist and link the play.
“If you do that and don’t have a player who looks for that [run]. You have yourself having the ball and using the ball but not being dangerous.
“I believe that they need that, because in the end he will naturally drop. You will see him coming deeper and getting the ball, great vision, great passing and change of direction.
“He cannot say only he can score goals other guys must have that responsibility as well.”
Words to listen to
Mourinho’s words of advice will surely be keenly listened to by Southgate.
Mourinho had his critics at Tottenham, but he certainly got the best out of Kane.
The England captain goes into the European Championships on the back of one of the finest campaigns in his entire career.
The Tottenham man won the Premier League’s Golden Boot and also topped the assists charts.
England will now be desperate for Kane to repeat that sort of form for his country this summer, as they look to finally end their wait for success in a major tournament.
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