Tottenham legend Clive Allen sat down for an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, and admitted that Harry Kane's rise within the game has surprised him immensely.
The 24-year-old striker has been in splendid form for both club and country this season, and is now widely considered to be one of the continent's most deadly hitmen.
Kane scored 41 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions for Spurs last season, and he has been on fire for England at this summer's World Cup, chalking up six goals in four games thus far.
The Tottenham ace's route to the top hasn't all been plain sailing, however, with a succession of tough learning curves during time spent away on loan shaping him into the player that he is today.
Allen, who scored 76 goals for Spurs, admitted that Kane's rise to prominence has surprised him, when speaking exclusively to Sky Sports:
"You would never have said, 'He is going to be an international player', you would never have said, 'He's going to be a Tottenham first-team player', but to his credit, he worked tirelessly at every aspect of his game. He developed himself, mentally and physically. Everything that was asked of him, he did, and more."
The 24-year-old is now Tottenham's and England's most important player, and he will be pivotal to both his club's and country's chances of achieving success over the next decade.
And if Kane can fire the Three Lions to World Cup glory this summer, his stock within the game will rise even further still.