Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane has further enhanced his reputation as one of Europe’s finest footballers by being nominated for France Football’s prestigious Ballon d’Or award.

The England international forward is the only British player to be included in the 30-man shortlist, with former Spurs star Gareth Bale failing to make the cut, following another inconsistent, injury-plagued season with Real Madrid.

Kane, one of seven Premier League representatives in the running for the award, enjoyed another stunning campaign in front of goal last term but faces stiff competition to be named number one from the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and favourite and current title holder, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 24-year-old bagged 38 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for club and country last term, as he helped Spurs mount another title challenge, before finishing as runners-up to eventual champions Chelsea.

Despite experiencing another barren August, Kane has enjoyed another prolific campaign, so far this term, finding the back of the net on 15 occasions from his 13 appearances.

Whilst he has impressed on the domestic and European stages for his club, the Englishman believes that he must deliver when it matters most for his country in order to be considered one of the world’s best.

Speaking back in June, Kane spoke of his desire to emulate the likes of Ronaldo and Messi and get his hands on the Balon d’Or trophy and is of the opinion that winning silverware at club level will put him on the path towards individual recognition.

“I’d do whatever I can to win that big gold trophy,” Kane is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“It is definitely something I aspire to do. Ronaldo won La Liga and the Champions League and that is why he wins it. Messi is in a similar situation.”

“To do that it isn’t just individual, it is about a team winning trophies and, hopefully, that is what I can do at Tottenham.”

Whilst Kane is unlikely to be the recipient of this year’s award, Spurs fans were delighted that the forward’s irresistible form for the North London club was rewarded with a nomination.

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