Mourinho explains Harry Kane’s relationship with Gareth Southgate ahead of Euros

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Jose Mourinho has lifted the lid on England captain Harry Kane ahead of England's Euro 2020 opener.

The Tottenham hitman enjoyed arguably his best ever season under the Portuguese coach last term, heading into this summer's tournament in good form.

Kane was handed the Three Lions' captaincy by Gareth Southgate, with the England boss putting his faith in the attacker.

And Mourinho explains that the duo have a great relationship heading into this summer's tournament.

"When Gareth Southgate has been planning his starting XI for Sunday’s game with Croatia, he’ll have been safe in the knowledge Harry Kane can do it all," he told the Sun.

"Players like Harry are also very smart. They understand football and understand where they can affect the game more.

"If Harry plays with wingers that like to attack the space, he clearly feels the way he can affect the game more is to drop and let other guys attack spaces, then he arrives in the box at a later stage of that move.

"If he plays with wingers that are not fast guys to attack spaces — wingers that like to drop and get in between the lines and get the ball into feet — he knows that if he is not the targetman, if he is not going to lead the line, then who does? Nobody.

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"If not, you become a team that has a lot of the ball but are never a threat because everybody drops back to get the ball on their feet.

"I am pretty sure that Harry, Gareth and his assistant Steve Holland enjoy a relationship that is very good, that they communicate well."

Kane heads into the Euros as one of the heavy favourites to land the Golden Boot.

England are also expected to go close in the tournament, with only France more fancied according to the bookmakers.

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