Havertz hails Kante and Rudiger as Euros preparation steps up

Havertz was on media duties in his homeland ahead of his country’s final Euro 2020 warm-up game, a friendly with Latvia in Dusseldorf on Monday. A natural choice after his exploits for Chelsea in Porto a week earlier, Kai received plenty of congratulations from the German reporters, who also had some questions for him.

One centred on N’Golo Kante, who could be trying to stop Havertz strut his stuff at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday 15 June. Germany versus France is a mouthwatering start to the action in Group F.

‘When you see him, you have to smile,’ Havertz said of N’Golo.

‘He is a great personality and a great person, and a great football player. As an attacking player, I’m always happy when he is on the pitch. You can make a lot of mistakes because he always wins the ball back. He’s fast, agile and always gets his leg in.

‘That’s why it’s not so nice to have to play against him in the first match of the European Championship, of course!’