Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has backed England duo Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling to shine for the Three Lions at Euro 2016 this summer.
Roy Hodgson’s men head to Zidane’s native France in June for the tournament in high spirits after winning ten straight matches in qualification.
Tottenham striker Kane has been instrumental in his side’s title challenge, scoring 16 goals in the Premier League.
However, Sterling has had a fairly frustrating debut season at Manchester City. The winger signed from Liverpool for an initial £44 million in the summer and has been inconsistent throughout the campaign.
But the 43-year-old believes that these two players can show Europe just how good they really are this summer.
“Kane and Sterling are two exciting players for England,”Zidane told ShortList magazine, as per The Sun.
“This summer in France will be a real opportunity for the rest of Europe to see how good they are.”
Zidane rates England's chances
England are currently fifth favourites for glory in France - behind Spain, Germany, the hosts and Belgium.
Whilst Zidane acknowledges that England aren’t amongst the favourites, he believes that they have an outside chance of winning their first ever European Championship trophy.
“I don’t think they are favourites but they still have some very good players,” the former midfielder said.
“They were very strong in qualifying, so I am sure they will arrive in France thinking they have a chance.”
England's tournament woes
England have only won one major tournament in their history - the World Cup on home soil, 50 years ago.
When asked why the Three Lions haven't tasted glory for such a long time, Zidane alluded to the fact that there might be a mental issue with the players, rather than a lack of talent.
“The mental factor can play a big part in football,” Zidane admitted.
“Some of those England teams I played against with players like Scholes, Gerrard and Beckham were more than capable of winning tournaments, so maybe mentality played a part,” he concluded.
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