Ex-Socceroo who took on Kane: He's got it all

Ex-Socceroo Rob Cornthwaite was part of the Malaysia XI side which lost 2-1 to Tottenham on Wednesday and says good luck Sydney FC taking on match winner Harry Kane.

Cornthwaite, who plays with Selangor in Malaysia, started Wednesday’s friendly where he took on Kane first hand, with the Spurs striker netting the two decisive goals.

The 29-year-old defender said Kane was a "handful" and "had it all" and felt he’d seriously challenge Sydney FC ahead of their glamour friendly at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

“He’s a handful, but I really enjoyed it,” Cornthwaite told FourFourTwo. “(Sydney) know his quality.

“For a young striker, he’s very very good. Movement wise, he’s fantastic. First touch, shooting, he’s got it all.

“The surprising thing is how big he is. It took me by surprise how big some of them are. They’re actually massive boys, bigger than me.”

Cornthwaite was forced off at half-time in the friendly due to illness, but said he was particularly impressed by Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend and Kane, as well as Cristian Eriksen who he swapped shirts with post-game.

“It was obviously the first time I’ve played against a club side of that calibre, so I really enjoyed it,” he added.

“One thing you notice is how smart they are. They know how to find space or they’re making space for someone else.

“They seemed like they had another one or two players on the park more than us, they’d always somehow find some space. They’re just really intelligent players.”

Cornthwaite was part of the Malaysia XI as a number of national team players from top club JDT being unavailable due to their commitments in the AFC Cup.

Malaysia used the friendly as preparation for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against East Timor and Palestine in Kuala Lumpur.

The matches led to a six-week break in the domestic league, leading to a widespread fan boycott called “say no to the circus” which drastically reduced crowd numbers.

“They boycotted the game and there was only 30,000 fans there when they were expecting 90 or 100,000,” Cornthwaite said.

“That was a bit disappointing but as a player you’re still playing against Tottenham, so you’re giving it everything you’ve got.”

Malaysia are scheduled to face Liverpool on July 24 and Cornthwaite said there was a chance he may also be involved in that friendly.

He added: “As a whole it was a positive experience for me. Being with the team for 10 days and making a lot of contacts and new friends.”