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- Germany national team manager Joachim Löw “is a huge fan” of Tottenham Hotspur and England pair Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
- “Klopp: Bring The Noise” author Raphael Honigstein expects the England team to be competitive in “two to three years time.”
- Honigstein even says England could reach the semi-final stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup – but will need a couple breaks along the way.
Germany national team manager Joachim Löw believes Tottenham Hotspur and England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli are top talents, according to BT Sport’s Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein.
England and Germany drew 0-0 on Friday evening and though neither Kane or Alli featured, Löw told Honigstein before the game that he’s an admirer of both players.
“I spoke to him before the game and he was very complimentary,” Honigstein told Business Insider. “We didn’t mention names as we weren’t sure who was in the squad [but] he is a huge fan of Kane and Alli.”
Honigstein says Tottenham’s 3-1 victory against Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1 elicited a positive response from Löw, who was watching. “He saw them play in the Champions League – Alli was outstanding,” Honigstein said.
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Ahead of England and Germany’s international friendly last week, Löw compared the current Three Lions team to Germany in 2010. The remark was a kind one, Honigstein said.
“He definitely said it as compliment,” Honigstein explained. “A team is emerging and players are emerging and there are more players coming through.”
“There will be an England team that will be competitive in two to three years time. Then it comes down to coaching. This team can do much better than previous sides.”
England welcome Brazil to Wembley Stadium for a friendly match on Tuesday evening. There will only be a limited number of opportunities for manager Gareth Southgate to tinker with his line-up until he must select 23 players to take to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.
Honigstein, who has just written a book about Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp titled “Klopp: Bring the Noise,” said the side is capable of progressing in the competition.
“England could reach a quarter-final or semi-final. There’s enough in the squad. You still need breaks, you still need big players to be fit, and you need those players in-form,” he said.
“The 2010 Germany team is a good comparison again. It was young, inexperienced, and when one 0r two players got injured or suspended – think Thomas Muller in the 2010 World Cup semi-final – Löw didn’t have adequate back-up.
“If Kane or Alli get injured I don’t think England has adequate back up to reach the semi-final of the World Cup. Now, they need to add to depth – just like Germany did.”