They may be bitter rivals at club level but Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane has raved about West Ham United hero Declan Rice ahead of teaming up with him for the Euros.
Spurs talisman Kane and West Ham midfield ace Rice are two of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s England team sheet.
With much debate over who should be playing for England across the pitch, Kane and Rice are two of the only players widely accepted to have their positions nailed down.
Rice sealed bragging rights after leading West Ham to finish above Kane’s Spurs this season
Rice has led West Ham into the Europa League with a sixth place finish this season above Tottenham.
That meant Spurs were dumped into the unfancied Europa Conference League – the modern day equivalent of the Intertoto Cup.
But Tottenham and West Ham rivalries are being put to one side this summer as Rice and Kane team up to try and lead England to glory in the European Championships.
Hammers stand-in skipper Rice recently named his Spurs adversary Kane as one of the best three players he has played with – read full story here.
Kane raves about ‘fantastic’ Rice ahead of joining forces for Euros
And now Kane has returned the compliment.
Speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap, Kane raved about West Ham’s midfield enforcer.
“I feel like with Dec, he’s definitely progressed even better over the last year or so,” Kane said on The Overlap.
“His stature and the way he goes about his business, I guess, he’s getting more confident.
‘He could easily be a centre back the way he sweeps up’
“He’s been with us for a while now with England. And just around the place, on the pitch, hearing him being vocal, like pulling players here and there. It’s a real good part of his game.
“He could easily be a centre back the way he reads the game and sweeps up. He’s a fantastic player.”
High praise from one of the best strikers in the world.
Now hurry and leave Tottenham Harry so West Ham fans can start enjoying watching you score goals every week.
Forget the West Ham and Tottenham rivalry, Kane is clearly a class act on and off the pitch it seems.