By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Les Ferdinand has revealed he is surprised at how Harry Kane has blossomed into the most prolific striker in England.

Kane is a nailed-on starter for England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia next weekend on the back of a second consecutive outstanding campaign for Tottenham.

Kane topped the Premier League scoring charts with 25 goals this season, the first Englishman to do so in 16 years.

Ferdinand, who is now QPR’s director of football, was on the Spurs coaching staff under previous manager Tim Sherwood when Kane made his Spurs debut at the end of the 2013-14 season following four separate loan spells.

Asked if he was surprised at Kane’s stunning rise, Ferdinand told Sky Sports News on Saturday afternoon, “Yes. I was talking to Tim the other day about it. We always thought that Harry would make a very good footballer.

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“We did not believe he would get to where he has got to this quickly and as well as he has done. He’s surpassed what we believed he would be.

“I felt he was going to play in the Premier League. The best accolade I can say about Harry is that I used to say to Tim, ‘he strikes the ball like Alan Shearer but his movement and intelligence was like Teddy Sheringham’.

“He’s gone on. I thought he would play for a mid-table Premier League side, I never thought he would stay at Spurs and go on to do what he has done on a regular basis.”

Kane has taken his outstanding goalscoring form in domestic football into the international arena, scoring five goals in 12 matches for England.

In other Tottenham news, the north Londoners have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of key summer target Victor Wanyama.