Tottenham’s Harry Kane calls Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini “amazing” — despite getting a kicking from him on his England debut.
The striker made his first start for the Three Lions against Italy in Turin, and the centre-back fouled him almost immediately.
“He’s an amazing defender,” Kane enthused in the pre-match Press conference. “My first start for England probably the first five minutes he made a challenge and I probably had a dead leg for 10 minutes.
“It was a good welcome to international football!
“We know how good their defence is as a whole and obviously their goalkeeper as well. They’re a fantastic team and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“They’ve kept a lot of clean sheets, but we’ve scored a lot of goals in the Premier League so it should be a good test. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Kane was also asked about the mood in the Spurs camp.
“We’re really excited, it’s a massive game. There are the sorts of games we want to be involved in. We’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can put in a good performance.
“Not many people expected us to get out the group stage and we proved everyone wrong by finishing top.
“We have to come here with belief. Of course we respect Juventus and what they bring to the table, but we have to believe we can get through.
“It’ll be tough tomorrow night then hopefully we can take them to Wembley and get the job done.
“At the end of the day it’s 11 v 11 on a football field, we have our style we want to play and that doesn’t change too much, we’ll play the way we want to play and try to win the game.
“Last year wasn’t a great campaign for us, the fact we’ve come out a group no-one expected to us to come out of has given us great confidence and great belief .
“We’re more experienced that last year, we’ve just got to see how far we can go and take each game as it comes.”
The striker was also asked about Francesco Totti, having admitted to being a huge fan of the Roma legend.
“He was a fantastic player and to spend your career at one club is an amazing achievement,” Kane said.
“He achieved probably everything he wanted to at that club.
“He was a fantastic striker and growing up I watched his goals. He had an amazing career and hopefully one day I can have the same.”