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Jose Mourinho sent a classy message to Harry Kane on the eve of Euro 2020 as his former striker prepares to lead England at the tournament.
Mourinho worked alongside Kane at Tottenham for 17 months before he was sacked in April this year, and he still refers to the 27-year-old as "his boy".
The Three Lions skipper flourished with Mourinho in the Spurs dugout and won the Premier League top goalscorer and top assister awards this season.
Since his former manager's dismissal, Kane has informed Tottenham he would like to leave the club, and Mourinho has confirmed they have kept up their strong relationship amid the scramble for the forward's services.
Kane and Mourinho continue to have a strong bond even after the latter's sacking
(Image: Lynne Cameron/EPA-EFE/REX)
Speaking on Friday, Mourinho told talkSPORT : "I did message yesterday. Now it’s time to [stand back]. Now it’s time to close the door and leave them in their room with family and close friends.
"From my side, when a player is my boy, he’s my boy even when we don’t work together."
England begin their Euros campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday before they clash with Scotland and Czech Republic in their other Group D matches.
In the Three Lions' warm-up match with Austria, Kane adopted a deep-lying role similar to the one Mourinho deployed him in.
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Reflecting on Kane's exceptional talent, Mourinho added: "He pays the price of his success and he pays the price of his numbers. People expect him to score goals all the time, which is what he does.
"I don’t think he’s very comfortable with it. I don’t think he’s even used to it.
"What I think is needed is what we tried at Tottenham is that he drops so much and gets in between the lines and is such a technical player that he can assist and can link the play.
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"If you do that then you don’t have a player who looks for that then you find someone who moves the ball and looks dangerous.
"In the end, he would naturally drop and leave his area. Great vision, passing and change of direction and explore the opposite full back. You cannot say only he can score goals."
Mourinho also addressed which players should support Kane in attack throughout the Euros, saying: "Jack Grealish is untouchable and the best position for Grealish is coming from the left.
"For me, Marcus Rashford can only play there. When he plays on the right, he is completely lost.
"He is very good on the left attacking spaces. But Grealish for me is tremendous and what he creates and his personality. He reminds me of Luis Figo. I like him very much.
"Grealish on the left, Mason Mount as the No10 and because I like the wingers to come inside, I would play Phil Foden on the right.
"I would play Foden, Mount and Grealish, that is why I’m saying Phillips and Rice."