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Harry Kane can be world-class at Spurs but only if he wins trophies

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley...

Phil Neville said Harry Kane needs to leave Tottenham to be considered world-class. Not true, but he does need to win trophies.

Pundit Phil Neville smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England.Pundit Phil Neville smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

Phil Neville caused something of a stir when he claimed that Harry Kane would probably need to leave Tottenham Hotspur if the striker wanted to be genuinely considered "world-class".

Speaking after Kane had scored a brace against Borussia Dortmund to secure a 3-1 win for Spurs in the Champions League, the pundit compared the England international to Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich in Bremen, nothern Germany,...Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Werder Bremen.

"He could have to leave Spurs to become that real top, top, world class Lewandowski type player, he could," Neville said on BBC Five Live.

"Because if Spurs maintain just being a top four team, that will not be good enough for somebody like Harry Kane.

"I think he needs to be challenging for Ballon d'Ors. I think he needs to be challenging for Champions Leagues and if Spurs are always going to be that 'nearly' team, eventually he will want to leave and join a Real Madrid or Barcelona."

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley...Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match against Borussia Dortmund.

Unsurprisingly Neville riled a few Tottenham fans with his comments and that may be a fair response, but the former Manchester United player is right about one thing - Kane needs to win trophies to get that title.

Being defined as world-class is of course, completely subjective, but it is widely considered that the best players need to prove themselves at the best clubs. They need to show they can compete on the biggest stage.

That is not to say the North Londoners can't be one of those clubs. They are so close having been the most consistently good Premier League team over the past two seasons and under manager Mauricio Pochettino are exciting, young and progressive.

Now they just need the silverware. And if over the next 12 months or so Kane cannot achieve that at his boyhood club then, maybe, he will have to look elsewhere if he wants to be considered among the planet's best.

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