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King for a week - Ledley on Harry

Posted on 9 October 2015  - 15:15

We continue our mini-series with the great Ledley King - this time, his views on the Spurs striker everyone is talking about - Harry Kane.

Harry on target against CityEarly days with England - Ledley takes a break from the Euro U21 Finals in Slovakia with Frank Lampard and Nicky Weaver - May, 2000Ledley in action as England pushed France all the way in Euro 2004

Ledley has a real affinity with Harry as a player who has followed his footsteps through the Academy system to captain the team.

Harry burst onto the scene with 31 goals in all competitions last season and is set to start for the first time in a competitive match for England against Estonia at Wembley this evening (Friday, October 9).

He first caught the eye as a 16-year-old striker in the Academy during Ledley's time at the club, progressing through loans at the likes of Orient and Millwall before breaking through at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Harry admits last season was one dreams are made of and now he's leading the line for his country.

Below: Ledley spoke to us in Monaco, where he was part of the club's travelling party last week

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"Harry's record for England is great and I’ve always said he's a goalscorer, he fits into that Shearer mould, that Sheringham mould, he’s a bit of both really," said Ledley, who earned 21 caps for England and played in the World Cup and European Championships.

"He’s also a player who no matter what the occasion, you can see him scoring goals. Nothing seems to faze him.

"His main objective is to keep playing football, to stay fit at club level and if does that, the goals will come and he’ll have a great opportunity to make the starting line-up in the Euros.

"There are some other top players in there as well like Rooney and Sturridge but Harry is a true goalscorer and if he stays fit, I’m sure he’ll be right in there."

Harry is joined in the Three Lions squad by Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend and Dele Alli, who is enjoying his first senior call-up while Eric Dier (Under-21s), Nathan Oduwa, Harry Winks (Under-20s), Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters (Under-19s), Marcus Edwards and Kaziah Sterling (Under-17s) are all representing the club on England duty.

"As someone who came through the youth team I recognise the importance of having that home-grown talent at the club and it’s great to see so many of our players at that level, not just in the full squad but in the level below, Under-21s and younger," added Ledley.

Look out for more from Ledley tomorrow...