Luke Shaw: Harry Kane is probably the best striker in world football right now
Luke Shaw has hailed England captain Harry Kane as the best striker in world football as he closes in on the Three Lions goalscoring record.
Kane’s penalty in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland saw him level with Sir Bobby Charlton on 49 England goals.
That leaves only Wayne Rooney ahead of him on 53 as the Tottenham striker continues to lead the way for Gareth Southgate’s side.
In all likelihood, with seven games between now and the World Cup in Qatar this winter, Kane could enter the tournament having already eclipsed the record.
Having won the Golden Boot as England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 competition, Shaw believes Kane will now have his sights set on the same award this time around.
“I don’t see why,” the Manchester United full-back said.
“For me right now the way he’s playing, he’s one of the best strikers in the world, probably the best. So hopefully you can keep this form, keep it up.
“He’s showing it week in and week out right now and it’s a joy to watch. Long keep it going and I’m sure he’ll chase another Golden Boot and all the other records.
Shaw scored his second international goal to equalize England at Wembley after Breel Embolo put the visitors ahead.
A fine scratched finish at the same end where he opened the scoring in England’s ill-fated Euro 2020 final is a testament to how well Southgate prepare his side.
“I think in this formation Gareth and Steve (Holland) obviously want the wingers to be higher,” Shaw told beIN Sports.
“Not just creating chances but scoring more goals and luckily today I could do that and hopefully there will be many more to come.”
The performance against Switzerland, who could still face England in the group stage in next week’s World Cup draw in Qatar, may have been lukewarm at times.
But Shaw insists the team always back each other up to get a result, no matter the scenario.
“Conviction, trust – I’ve said this many times before, when we’re under pressure in games where it doesn’t go our way, I feel like we’re all together,” he said. he added.
“I think if you want to win games, I think in tough games like this, tough games, we’re going to have all kinds of games when we’re under pressure.
“The main thing for me is that we’re all together and doing it in abundance where we’re really well trained and we know what everyone has to do when they step out on that pitch.
“It’s with the ball, but without the ball we also improve.”