England need their own Heung-min Son to get the best from Harry Kane at Euros, says Jose Mourinho

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England need their own Heung-min Son to get the best from Harry Kane at Euros, says Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho believes England need to find their own Heung-min Son to get the best from Harry Kane at the Euros.

Under Mourinho, the Tottenham pair were briefly devastating last season and Kane finished the campaign with nine assists for Son, mainly from dropping deep and picking out the South Korean's runs behind opposition defences.

Mourinho says it is inevitable that Kane will drop deep for England and says they will be less dangerous in possession without forward targets for their captain.

"What's needed is what we tried at Tottenham," the former Spurs manager told talkSPORT.

"He [Kane] drops so much, he gets between the lines, he's such a quality and technical player that he can assist and link the play. If you do that, and you don't have a player who looks for that [run behind], you find yourself having the ball but not being dangerous.

"I believe they need that because he will naturally drop, you will see him coming deeper, getting the ball – great vision, great passing, change of direction 70 metres to exploit the opposite full-back. He has all of his. We cannot say only he can score goals. Other guys have that responsibility.

"I messaged him yesterday," Mourinho added. "I know how players are so now it's time to close the door and to leave them in their room, with family and closer friends. But from my side, when a player is my boy, he's always my boy even when we don't work together."

Despite saying England need direct runners in attack, Mourinho revealed he would start Phil Foden, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish behind Kane against Croatia on Sunday, describing Aston Villa's Grealish as "untouchable".

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"He reminds me a little bit of my [Luis] Figo," Mourinho said of Grealish. "Figo, I had him in his last season of his career at Inter and even in his last season he was like, 'give me the ball and I resolve the problems for you'.

"The way he [Grealish] gets the ball, the way he attacks people, gets fouls, gets penalties, I like him very, very much. So I would say Grealish on the left, Mount the No10 and because I like a lot inverted wingers, I would play Foden on the right."

Mourinho also insisted Southgate should not avoid a back three against Croatia, saying the visitors are strongest in midfield rather than up front following the retirement of No9 Mario Mandzukic, who spearheaded their attack at the 2018 World Cup.

"England is going to face one of the best midfields in the tournament. [Marcelo] Brozovic, [Luka] Modric, [Mateo] Kovacic is top of the top," he said.

"So why play three at the back, when their strength is not there?"

Mourinho's preferred England XI vs Croatia: D Henderson; Walker, Stones, Mings, Chilwell; Rice, Phillips; Foden, Mount, Grealish; Kane.

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