Tottenham superstar Kane netted a hat-trick in England’s 6-1 win against Panama today.
The Three Lions hitman is just the third player to bag three in one game at a World Cup.
Kane, 24, regarded by many as world-class, is often compared to the likes of Barcelona’s Messi and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo.
And England boss Southgate says Kane is up there with the best of them, adding he wouldn’t swap the Tottenham goal machine for anyone else at the World Cup.
Asked about Kane’s current level in a question mentioning Ronaldo and Messi, Southgate said: “Well, clearly the stage to do that is this one. He’s started brilliantly.
“You can dismiss penalties as being easy, but the length of time he had to wait before taking that (first one) and the number of distractions, to then keep focused, start again and refocus tells you a bit about the mental toughness that he’s got.
“Look, he’s there, he’s up at the top. We wouldn’t swap him for anyone in the tournament in terms of number nines.
“You know that when he gets opportunities he’s going to bury them. You sit there very confident in his ability to take chances.
“But as important in that is the way he sacrifices himself for the team in the way he presses, holds the ball up, contributes to the overall game.
“He’s not just a player that stands up front and waits for chances and that’s important within the ethic of the team we’re trying to create.”
Source : EXPRESS