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Harry Kane's goalscoring ability is renowned, but it's his ability to play two roles at once which is Gareth Southgate's secret weapon heading into Euro 2020.
The England captain is just as prolific for his country as he is at club level for Tottenham, with a tally of 34 goals in 54 Three Lions appearances to date.
But in recent years there has been a noticeable change in Kane's style of play, with the 27-year-old dropping increasingly deep to take on a creative role in attacking midfield, as well as poaching for goals in and around the area.
Jose Mourinho was a vocal advocate of utilising the natural striker in this multi-faceted role throughout his time as Spurs boss.
Kane finished the season as the Premier League's top goalscorer and top assister
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There were concerns that Kane's goalscoring prowess would suffer as he took on the responsibilities of a No. 10, but he allayed those fears emphatically this season, picking up a third Premier League Golden Boot after netting 23 times.
Not only that, he also scooped the Playmaker award thanks to his league-best tally of 14 assists, beating joint-runners-up Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes to the accolade.
Kane's creative success came as no surprise to Mourinho, who even suggested the player is more suited to a deeper role than that of an out-and-out No. 9.
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The Portuguese told talkSPORT on Friday: "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.
"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.
Mourinho helped mould Kane to his new role during his 17 months as Spurs boss
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"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."
Kane's capacity to juggle the demands of two roles at once may well prove to be one of Southgate's greatest assets as England embark on their group-stage campaign against Croatia on Sunday.
Former Three Lions boss Glenn Hoddle believes the Spurs ace is akin to Chelsea and France superstar N'Golo Kante, who is often lauded for his ability to carry out the job of two midfielders on his own.
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Speaking at a Betfair event, Hoddle told Mirror Football of Southgate's tactics: "What he’s got is two styles of play.
"He can play counter-attacking football with pace and have Harry doing what he does for Tottenham, then bring in Raheem Sterling, Jason Sancho, Marcus Rashford.
"Harry’s playing two men in one – a bit like N’Golo Kante for France – he’s a No. 10 and a No. 9.
"But with Phil Foden and Mason Mount playing just behind with wing- backs, then you’d say [to Kane], ‘You need to be up there playing as a No.9’, and he can do it."
Hoddle highlighted the similarity between Kane and Kante, who have been adversaries in the Premier League for many seasons
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Hoddle anticipates Kane's versatility will come to the fore as Southgate looks to switch between contrasting styles of play at the summer tournament.
The White Hart Lane legend added: "It all depends on what style Southgate wants to play. He’s got the two options and I’m interested to see how he chooses to go.
"It’s nice to have that flexibility as a manager and I that might pan out in the tournament; you go in with a plan and that can change with an injury.
"A substitution in a game can make you think, ‘Hang on, we look better, we’ve looked better since we changed to that 4-3-3’.
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"Or the other way round; ‘We went into a back three and we look more secure at the back’."
Hoddle's comparison between Kane and Kante is a fitting one, as the Euro 2020 draw means England and France may face off in the last 16.
Should the Three Lions win Group D and France finish second in Group F – dubbed the group of death – Les Bleus will travel to Wembley in the first knock-out round.
What do you make of Harry Kane's dual role as a No.9 and a No. 10? Have your say in the comments.
Hoddle admits he is worried about the prospect of facing France, but he insists any side aiming for Euros glory must beat the World Cup holders.
"Winning the group – which I think we will – means we’ll then have France, Germany or Portugal," said Hoddle. "That would concern me.
"Will we be ready in the tournament to take them on? We were found wanting in the World Cup when we came up against some good opposition, we didn’t quite have the quality to play against them and defend against them.
"But can we win it, of course we can. Any country have got to beat France, they’re so strong in every department of the pitch.
"But the French can have an off day, they’ve been known to. So you can meet them and beat them on their off night."
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