Harry Kane it with

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

HARRY KANE be­lieves suc­cess with Eng­land at this sum­mer’s World Cup 2018 would trump any achieve­ment at club level with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur as he pre­pares to lead the na­tional team in Rus­sia.

Gareth South­gate’s squad checked into their base in the ru­ral vil­lage of Repino, 30km north of St Petersburg yes­ter­day and cap­tain Kane is con­fi­dent that he and his team­mates can re­turn home tri­umphant in a month’s time.

The 24-year-old claimed last month that any­thing less than lift­ing the World Cup tro­phy in Moscow on July 15 would rep­re­sent fail­ure for Eng­land, de­spite a poor record in re­cent in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments and low ex­pec­ta­tions back at home.

Kane, who signed a new contract with Tot­ten­ham last week, has now re­vealed that though he hopes to claim all honours at club level in the years to c ome, e ven win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League would not com­pare to suc­cess in Rus­sia t hi s sum­mer.

“It is hard to look beyond the World Cup – I don’t think any player would tell you any dif­fer­ent,” the Eng­land cap­tain said.

“It is the one com­pe­ti­tion that ev­ery­body dreams of win­ning. That is No. 1, first and fore­most.

“Ob­vi­ously I un­der­stand you have got the Cham­pi­ons League and Premier League – so many big com­pe­ti­tions – and it is ev­ery sea­son. But for me I don’t think it gets much big­ger than the World Cup.

“I would be sur­prised if the ma­jor­ity of play­ers did not say the World Cup is the big­gest sport­ing event in the world. I would love to win ev­ery­thing with Tot­ten­ham, but for me per­son­ally the World Cup out­weighs them all.”

Hav­ing ro­tated the cap­taincy through­out Eng­land’s qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign in an at­tempt to foster a cul­ture of lead­er­ship within his squad, South­gate even­tu­ally se­lected Kane to wear the arm­band in Rus­sia.

Jor­dan Hen­der­son, Li v e r p o o l ’ s c l u b cap­tain, was the other con­tender for the role and though Kane does not reg­u­larly skip­per Tot­ten­ham, he does not be­lieve he needs to change his game much in or­der to take on the “huge hon­our”. “I’ve al­ways been some­one who is vo­cal to play­ers, to push my­self,” he said. “I try to lead by ex­am­ple. On the pitch I try to work hard ev­ery game, play with pride and pas­sion and that’s what I will do with the arm­band as well. “I think it’s im­por­tant that we have other play­ers who take re­spon­si­bil­ity and take own­er­ship of the team as well. “When play­ers are hav­ing a good or bad day, there are play­ers around who can see that and do some­thing about it.” Kane will not be afraid of tellingoff his team­mates, ei­ther.

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