Harry Kane confirmed as world class with World XI nomination, says Mauricio Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino says Harry Kane's inclusion in the Fifa Fifpro World XI shortlist is confirmation the Tottenham striker is one of the world's best players.

Kane was the only English player included on Wednesday's 55-man shortlist, which is decided by the votes of 25,000 professional players.

The Tottenham striker has scored six goals for club and country already this season, after hitting 29 last term to win the Premier League's Golden Boot award.

"One English player, no? Harry is one of the best strikers in the world and that is confirmation," Pochettino said of Kane's inclusion on the list.

"That does not surprise me. We have some players who deserved to be included but they are not. Harry is one of the best strikers in the world."

Former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood said earlier this week that Kane would want to leave the club at the end of the season if a trophy hasn't been won, a claim Pochettino refutes.

He continued: "It's good because many people talk about him winning trophies for Harry to stay here with us. It is all very clear with Harry as people recognise his value.

"He is still one of the best players. But he loves Tottenham and wants to play here for a long time."