Luka Modric believes Tottenham star Harry Kane still has room to grow

Harry Kane of England and Raheem Sterling of England take part in a training session during the England Training Session at St Georges Park on October 11, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

Modric left Spurs in 2012 before Kane had found his form.

Harry Kane of England trains during the England Training Session at St Georges Park on October 11, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Luka Modric was quoted by FourFourTwo magazine as saying that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is still not performing to the best of his ability, and has room to grow.

Kane, 25, has been criticised from many sections of the media this season for showing tiredness in his performances, after a gruelling World Cup that saw him lift the Golden Boot with six goals for England.

He has scored the same amount this season for Tottenham in 10 league and cup appearances, including most recently a brace against Huddersfield. But the vigour that saw Kane shine last season, with 41 goals, is somewhat lacking.

 

Real Madrid midfielder Modric discussed former teammate Kane ahead of England's first meeting with Croatia since the semi-finals of the World Cup, stating the former Leyton Orient loanee can get even better.

"He's scoring a lot in recent years, playing great and practically putting Tottenham in the title race, which is a big thing considering other clubs are spending a lot of money," Modric said.

"He's already one of the best forwards in the world. If he continues to develop on the same path he can be even better."

Croatia's Luka Modric and Englands Harry Kane (L-R) in their 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final match at Luzhniki Stadium; Croatia wins 2-1. Valery Sharifulin

Kane is expected to captain England on Friday night, as the Three Lions do battle with Croatia at the HNK Rijeka Stadium behind closed doors. Croatia were punished after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy.

In what is a UEFA Nations League clash, neither side will be looking to lose the match after suffering defeats to Luis Enrique's Spain last month. England and Kane then play Spain on Monday night.

(L-R) Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Luka Modric of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur on October 17, 2017 at the...

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