Wayne Rooney paid N’Golo Kante the ultimate compliment by calling the Chelsea sensation the world’s best midfielder.
Writing in his Times column, Rooney hailed the fine ensemble France will be taking to the European Championships this summer, including Kante.
Chelsea’s miniature marvel enters into the tournament as one of the most heralded players in football right now.
His displays towards the campaign’s conclusion were outstanding, especially in the Champions League, where man of the match awards became almost customary.
France will hope Kante can continue this form onto the international stage, as Le Blues look to avenge their 2016 Euro heartbreak.
Rooney’s great review
“France have perhaps the ultimate team player in Kante,” said Rooney.
“In the Champions League final, he gave the perfect performance.
“He does everything: breaks up play but then plays in tight areas and starts off the attack.
“You used to see it with Yaya Touré, how he would get the ball and burst forward with it and it is so hard to defend against.
“At Chelsea, you see his energy bringing a lot out of the other players.
“Whenever Kante bursts forward you’ll see two or three of them bursting forward too, not worried about leaving their positions because if the ball is turned over they know he’s going to get back in shape and break up the counter-attack.
“For me he is the best midfielder in the world.”
Kante could well be the best individual in the world- let alone in midfield- if France are crowned European champions.
There have been cries for the 30-year-old to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or.
With the usual suspects of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi no longer at their peak, it seems like the torch is finally being passed.
Already a winner of the grandest domestic prize, Kante could seriously boost his chances at the coveted individual honour by claiming international glory.