England captain Harry Kane: 'I am at my fighting weight'

Jun 07, 2018, 05:59
England captain Harry Kane: 'I am at my fighting weight'

England manager Gareth Southgate (left) with England captain Harry Kane.

Southgate will take comfort from the performance of Cahill, whose powerful headed goal from a corner after seven minutes will strengthen his claim for a place in the heart of defence. I don't want to sound like a crybaby. They're the tough calls.

"You've got to go in with the mentality that we can go all the way, because we are good enough as a team", he said. I think that's why we had some problems in the first half, I think the second half we corrected some mistakes and we played a lot better.

But the player says there is no guarantee that he will start.

England are likely to use Jordan Henderson alongside AlexanderArnold, his Liverpool team-mate.

Southgate appears to be resisting the temptation to assess Kane and Jamie Vardy as a front pairing in a formal fixture, but the Leicester City forward will start, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek expected to gain a fourth cap.

The 27-year-old Liverpool captain admitted that the 3-1 loss to Real in Kiev was tough to take but the need to get his mind on this month's tournament in Russian Federation has helped him to get over it. We have to be ready.

He said England have discussed what to do if they face racist behaviour at the World Cup, and that players had discussed walking off the pitch in such an event. "His goal scoring record's been phenomenal in the last few seasons, so we're delighted to see him get amongst the goals - not that he needs any confidence because his finishing is unbelievable".

"Since I came in to the set-up in March I've just been trying to get used to new training techniques. They have to keep working, not satisfied with the level we're at, and keep improving".

A fully-fit England squad trained at St George's Park ahead of their final friendly before the tournament.

"Pressure is what you perceive it to be", Southgate said.

He added: "We love playing for Town".

"We have this situation because of a lack of education, generally speaking". What is the pressure on us?

In an astonishing interview, the England and Tottenham star has revealed how he went through a personal nightmare that nearly ruined him and his career, let alone his World Cup dream.