'Doesn’t bother me at all' – West Ham defender Kurt Zouma plays down Harry Kane threat and lauds team-mate Antonio

WEST HAM defender Kurt Zouma has claimed facing Harry Kane 'doesn't bother' him.

The 26-year-old has compared the England skipper to Hammers hero Michail Antonio, who has enjoyed a stellar start to the campaign.


And French defender Zouma has declared facing Antonio in training has helped prepare him to tussle with Kane.

He told the Evening Standard: "I face Michail in training every day, so coming up against Kane does not bother me at all."

But Zouma did go on to insist Kane is: "A very dangerous player. He can score from every position. If you leave him room he can shoot from everywhere and score.

"He is accurate, very dangerous, one of the best strikers in the Premier League. He’s scored a lot of goals.

"You never know what can happen with him. You always have to be focused and concentrated and tight on him.

"But a game is not about one player, it is about the team, the way they play, the shape. You have to be even more focused on them, but you cannot change your style, the way you prepare for the games."

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Kane has scored just one goal in the Premier League so far this campaign, while 31-year-old Antonio has scored five goals in just seven league appearances.

And speaking on his Hammers teammate Antonio, Zouma said: "He is a top striker.

"He’s got everything — fast, accurate, dangerous, good on the ball, good finisher. He can hold the ball very well, his movements are good.

"I mean a top striker at the minute — and you can see he is flying."

Zouma swapped Stamford Bridge for the London Stadium earlier this summer, moving to East London in a £29.8million deal.

And he's helped David Moyes' side start the season with a bang.

A win against Kane and Tottenham on Sunday afternoon would put the Hammers above Spurs in the league – and could leave them in the top four if Manchester United lose against Liverpool.

They are also top of their group in Europe after three wins from three.

Moyes and Co have even been installed as the new FAVOURITES to win the Europa League.

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