Rio Ferdinand has named France’s N’Golo Kante as the most valuable player so far at Euro 2020.
The 30-year-old midfielder, as always, has been integral to France’s early success in the tournament – even though things have looked questionable at times throughout the course of the group stage.
Kante has an ability to string everything together in midfield whether it be for club or country and that pattern has continued on through the Euros.
Kante continues to impress
Moving forward he’ll have to help the rest of the first team step it up but for now, especially after the Portugal game, the praise being heaped on him is more than warranted.
During his own post-match analysis with BBC, Ferdinand joined the parade of fans and pundits praising the former Leicester star.
“I’d go as far as to say he’s [Kante] the most valuable player in this tournament, if not in Europe completely,” Ferdinand said.
“I think a big part of his game is he surprises you.”
“I know we all know him, but there’s elements of his game where he comes out of nowhere because he’s so quick, he anticipates things so well. He’s the MVP.”
France were the only group winners of the six to finish with five points after being held by Portugal and Hungary following their opening win against Germany.
Those results will hardly settle any lingering nerves amongst their supporters but after their World Cup success back in 2018, we’ve all come to learn that doubting them may not be the best idea.
They’ve got the kind of squad depth that most nations dream of and with N’Golo Kante’s solidity in the centre of the park, anything is possible.
Their push towards European glory will continue on Monday night when they take on neighbours Switzerland in the Round of 16.
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