On win­ning Eng­land

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

“I can do that, but we can all do that. In train­ing it hap­pens all the time. We want to push our­selves.

“Some­one can make mis­takes, or give the wrong ball, but ef­fort is the most im­por­tant thing. There is no ex­cuse not to run about and give your all.”

Asked whether it was emo­tional to learn he would lead his coun­try in Rus­sia, he added: “Yes, it was. Tears from mum, she likes a cry. It is ob­vi­ously a spe­cial mo­ment.

“You grow up and you think of these things and you never know if you are go­ing to achieve them.

“A lot of fans see the end prod­uct, they see you do­ing well, but they don’t see the strug­gles and hard times along the way. But the mums, dads and fi­ances do.”

Kane him­self did not cry, but he has not ruled out fu­ture water­works.

“I’m not some­one who cries. Maybe if we win the World Cup I will cry, but it was a big smile on my face. I knew how much it meant to me and my fam­ily.”

And while cap­tain­ing his coun­try will be spe­cial, a World Cup goal would be only more wel­come.

Kane was just be­gin­ning to break into Tot­ten­ham’s first team at the time of Brazil 2014 and his ex­pe­ri­ences of in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments since then are best for­got­ten.

Kane finished goal­less as Eng­land were elim­i­nated in the group stages of 2015’s U-21 Eu­ros.

A year later, at Euro 2016, Kane failed to find the net again. His in­di­vid­ual dis­play in the last-16 de­feat to Ice­land was his worst of the tour­na­ment.

“It was a down, a bad mo­ment for us,” he said of that night in Nice.

“I’m con­fi­dent it won’t hap­pen - I won’t say 100% it won’t hap­pen be­cause you never know in foot­ball, but I think in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve.

“We are proud to be here, we will work hard, be en­er­getic. So first and fore­most we will run around and do that as­pect of the game. We have a lot of at­tack­ing flair who can do some dam­age.”

On his per­sonal goal record at in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments, Kane added: “It’s some­thing I want to change, hope­fully this sum­mer. I’ve al­ways felt you go through spells. The ball goes in, sometimes it doesn’t – like Au­gust ev­ery year for me. That’s part of the game.

“But I al­ways look at my game and see how I can get bet­ter. So that’s big tour­na­ments. Ob­vi­ously that’s only one for me but there is the U-21s as well. But I want to score in tour­na­ment foot­ball and that’s what I will try to do.” – The


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