Kane feels young guns will be ex­plo­sive af­ter learn­ing curve at Cup

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Harry Kane says Eng­land re­stored pride dur­ing their run to the World Cup semi­fi­nals and can use the tour­na­ment as a spring­board for sus­tained suc­cess for a tal­ented young gen­er­a­tion.

Play­ing in their first World Cup semi­fi­nal for 28 years, Eng­land blew a golden op­por­tu­nity to reach their first fi­nal since 1966, sur­ren­der­ing a 1-0 half­time lead to lose 2-1 to Croa­tia af­ter ex­tra-time in Moscow on Wed­nes­day.

The tour­na­ment’s top goalscorer with six goals, Kane him­self missed a huge chance to give Eng­land breath­ing space in the first half.

But he believes even brighter days lie ahead for the thirdy­oungest squad on show in Rus­sia.

“It hurts now but I know when we look back there are a lot of pos­i­tives, [a lot of] ex­pe­ri­ence we can take. That’s the aim, in two years’ time in the Eu­ros to go again and win big tour­na­ments,” said the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur striker.

“We’ve shown we can do well in these tour­na­ments and the aim is now not to wait an­other 20-odd years to get to an­other big semi­fi­nal. It’s to go again and try to achieve our dreams.” In their run to the last four, Eng­land re-en­gaged with a fan­base dis­af­fected by decades of fail­ure at in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments, most no­tably in a hu­mil­i­at­ing exit to Ice­land at Euro 2016.

World Cup fever swept the na­tion back home and even af­ter the de­feat, thou­sands of Eng­land fans at the Luzh­niki sta­dium stayed be­hind long af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle to give their side a rous­ing send-off.

“It’s mas­sive that we had a good tour­na­ment and re­stored pride in the na­tion,” added Kane.

HARRY KANE

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