Gareth Southgate: ‘We wouldn’t swap Harry Kane for anyone’

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• England manager praises captain as ‘irreplaceable’
• ‘You know that, when he gets opportunities, he’ll bury them‘

Gareth Southgate has called Harry Kane “irreplaceable” and praised the striker’s mental strength, selfless work ethic and ruthless finishing after the captain scored England’s first World Cup hat-trick for 32 years to help propel the team into the knockout phase.

Kane moved clear of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot by taking his tournament tally to five in a 6-1 thrashing of Panama, England’s biggest win at the finals, despite having played only 153 minutes. Only Gary Lineker has scored more times for the national side at the finals. Kane departed clutching the match ball and with his team safely through to the last 16 with Thursday’s final group game against Belgium to come.

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Written by Dominic Fifield at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
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