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 By PA Sport

Leicester boss Claude Puel backs Jamie Vardy-Harry Kane partnership for England

Claude Puel has backed Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane to forge a World Cup strike force for England.

Vardy scored twice to end the season with 20 goals as Leicester lost a turbulent Premier League clash 5-4 at Tottenham.

Kane also bagged a brace to reach 30 Premier League goals for the season, with both men now turning their attention to England's summer World Cup campaign in Russia.

And Leicester manager Puel believes Vardy and Kane could easily link up as a duo for Gareth Southgate's men.

"I think sometimes of course these two players can play together,'' said Puel.

"They can play between the lines, play with their team-mates and combine, to move between the defences and midfield.

"And Jamie, with good possibility, good moves, good solutions, perhaps it would be a good balance.''

Leicester powered into a 3-1 lead at Wembley, thanks to goals from Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kelechi Iheanacho.

But then the Foxes slipped to a galling loss, with Kane and Erik Lamela both netting twice, allied to a Christian Fuchs own goal.

Former Southampton boss Puel hopes to have the chance to help Vardy keep racking up the goals next season.

"I am happy about his work of course, about his mentality, because he doesn't just score goals, but he gives the boost with the team with his pressing, his character,'' said Puel, of Vardy.

"And after Jamie needs good service, and with good play we can give him good chances.

"It's not just long ball and just battles with centre-backs.

"It's good, it's important because he's always available between the lines, behind the defenders, he has good movement behind.

"He's a goalscorer and of course it's a good feeling to finish with 20 goals with his quality, and I hope in the future we can continue to give him good service and he can score a lot of goals.''

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