Harry Kane has found himself celebrated around the world in recent weeks, after he surpassed Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record for a calendar year.
The Tottenham striker is winning fans all over, with countless articles in the European media explaining what a brilliant 2017 he’s had, better in terms of goals than all the other top strikers around.
Therefore, when L’Equipe announced they were to compile a world team of the best players of 2017, it may have been expected that the Tottenham man would be in it. But, no, the only Premier League player present is Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
To compliment, and perhaps help, their selection, L’Equipe asked their readers to vote. Kane got into the reader team, with Chelsea’s Kante in both. The French newspaper’s readers picked Kane out before any other striker, but his inclusion was then vetoed in favour of PSG’s Cavani.
L’Equipe now have a double page spread celebrating PSG getting three players in their world team of the year, saying it’s the first time since 1998 that Ligue 1 has been so well represented.
It’s almost like that was the plan all along.