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23rd May 2018

Harry Kane claims England can win World Cup

Kane backs his youthful England team to perform well at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Harry Kane being announced as England captain seems like the logical choice as Gareth Southgate decides to plump with the player who is the most nailed-on out of anyone else in the squad.

“I think we can win it,” he said. “We’re not going to be favourites to win it, we know that. But look at this season: no one thought Liverpool would get to the Champions League final. Look at Manchester United in the Sir Alex Ferguson days, with a young team, dominating the Premier League for years. It’s not really an excuse, being young. It could be a good thing.

“I believe we can win it. That’s what we’ve got to try and do. Anything else is not good enough, really. I want to win everything I do, it’s in my mindset. So do the players. So that’s what we’re going to try and do. There are some really good teams in the World Cup but those dreams of lifting the trophy are worth fighting for. We’re going to fight and give everything we’ve got.

“It’s part of planning for the World Cup, this pressure. You have to deal with it. We have a younger team, a less experienced team, but when we’re out there the fans will expect us to win: especially those first few group games.

“We expect to, too. That’s part of the experience, playing and coping with that pressure. In the past, we’ve been a bit afraid to say we want to win stuff. We’ve been afraid of the fans’ or media’s reaction. We go into our shells.

“But I want us not to be afraid to say we want to win it. We have to be brave. Whether we go out at the group stage or the semi-final, it’s the same: you don’t win the World Cup. So we’ve discussed it as players and shouldn’t have any fear. We want to win it, we’ll go there and do our best to achieve that.”