Mauricio Pochettino has told Sky Sports that Tottenham striker Harry Kane is “so clever”, and says he can play in any position on the pitch – when quizzed about the England captain dropping deep, something he has been criticised for.

Kane, 29, is yet to score at the World Cup for England – but tops the list of players to lay on assists so far. The England star has laid on three assists for his teammates, nabbing two against Iran for Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford.

Then, on Tuesday night, his cross was turned in by Phil Foden against Wales. A delivery that Alan Shearer raved about after, branding it “quality”. So, while Kane is not scoring, he is dropping deep and helping his teammates score goals.

His old Spurs manager Pochettino was asked about his ability drop deep and away from the final third. Pochettino believes it is a sign that he is clever, rather than making a mistake in joining transitions. He says he can play anywhere.

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“Harry can provide good assists, but can also score goals. I’d prefer Harry to score a decisive goal, rather than scoring against an opponent you can beat five or 6-0. He is one of the best strikers in the world. I am sure he is going to score.

“He can play full-back, centre-back, midfielder, offensive on the sides, striker. Harry is so clever. He can read the game and he knows when the game needs him to drop. He is a player that can do anything and everything he wants.”

Pochettino: Tottenham striker Kane can play in any position

It is probably a fair assessment. Kane has shown already that he is obviously one of the best strikers in the world. His ability to drop in makes him and spray the passes that he does, would see him shine as a 10, or even a number 8.

Again, that work rate and intelligence would give him the ability to play as a box-to-box no.6, or a holding midfielder. Something that he might do, later on his in career. His assist for Foden shows he can put a ball into the box, as well.

Decent out wide too, then. His ability in the air, and having played against the best defenders, would probably allow him to be decent in defence. Kane is stunning. When you are as good as he is, it does not matter where he plays.

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