Humble Kane on meeting Maradona: 'I can only learn from someone like him'

Tottenham striker pays tribute to his Argentine hero even though he did not understand all that he said to him

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Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Harry Kane says he would love to learn some tricks from Argentine football hero Diego Maradona.

Kane - whose double in the 4-1 dismantling of Liverpool on Sunday took his tally to 45 goals in 40 games for Spurs and England this year - conceded he had not understood much of what Maradona, 56, said when he met him prior to Sunday's match.

Maradona's command of English is not thought to be terrific - indeed he remains a bogey man to some in England for his infamous 'Hand of God goal' in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final - and whilst there has been speculation Kane could decamp to one of Spain's big clubs next season his knowledge of Spanish is debatable.

"He's a fantastic guy [Maradona]. I got to meet him before the game - great energy, great guy," Kane said. "He is one of the best No 10s ever so it was great for him to be here.

"He didn't speak much English, just speaking in Spanish so I didn't really understand what he was saying but he was very energetic, he said some nice compliments, not just to me but to the team and to the manager [fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino].

"It was great to be in the company of someone like that. What a player he was and I can only learn from someone like him."

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Kane, who underwent his usual August drought before sparking spectacularly into goal scoring mode, said he wanted to supplant the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world.

"At some stage I want to be the best player in the world and to do that you have to be up there with these players," Kane said.

"They set the standards, Ronaldo and Messi, so for the rest of us it's about trying to catch them and get up there," the 24-year-old Englishman added.

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