Jose Mourinho’s Wayne Rooney remark as he rates Harry Kane’s England display vs Croatia

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Harry Kane's selfless performance in England's victory over Croatia reminded Jose Mourinho of Three Lions legend Wayne Rooney.

Kane was not on the scoresheet in the 1-0 win at Wembley on Sunday, but Mourinho claims the 27-year-old's movement played a key part in Raheem Sterling's winner.

The Tottenham striker spent much of the match in deeper areas while letting wingers Sterling and Phil Foden run beyond him, as he has grown increasingly accustomed to in recent seasons.

Mourinho thought it was a highly intelligent forward's performance and credited Kane with creating the space for Sterling's strike by dragging Croatia centre-back Domagoj Vida out of position.

Kane drew comparisons to Rooney after his display against Croatia
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"I think Harry did half of the job without touching the ball," Mourinho told talkSPORT after the match. "This kind of striker, without touching the ball, they create problems for a defender.

"What happened to Vida was instead of giving cover to the position of Raheem’s run, he was chasing Harry’s movement. So Harry without touching the ball he did half of the job.

"And of course Kalvin Phillips made the run, he was composed, he saw Harry’s movement, he didn’t pass the ball to Harry and then saw the space and played that ball."

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Mourinho went on to compare Kane to two of his previous players: Real Madrid icon Karim Benzema and Manchester United hero Rooney.

The Portuguese added: "There are the strikers that, when they don’t score, they still play. And Harry is one of these strikers.

"It’s Harry, it’s Benzema, it’s this kind of striker that they could be a striker, they could be a number 10, they could even be a midfield player.

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"Look a little bit like Wayne Rooney, he was a striker, then he moved to be a number 10, and then in some periods he was even a midfield player.

"These guys, they have more than the finishing skills, more than the appetite just to score goals.

"And that movement shows everything. Without touching the ball he opened the gap and Sterling made the run, like Son (Heung-min) at Tottenham did that run so many times."

England boss Gareth Southgate was equally impressed by Kane's performance and said after the match: "A lot of the game for him today was to link and create spaces, which he did for the goal, to let others play.

"There are days when chances will fall to him but today he was really tightly marked by their team.

"They know what a threat he is, [and they] crowded [him] out. [I've] not seen the chance at far post yet, to see how good that was. But he brings so much more to our team than the goals."

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