24-year old Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has stated that the English National team will spring a major surprise at this summer’s football fiesta in Russia.
While speaking with ESPN Brazil, the England International who is expected to lead the line for the Three Lions in Russia this summer is hopeful about his country chances.
England has lifted the most glamorous trophy in World football only once, at home in 1966 World Cup as they have suffered a similar disappointment in European competitions which they have never won, Kane believes that this year competition which will begin in only six months’ time will mark a new beginning for the English team.
Even as he was quick to acknowledge that people hold low expectations of them though they finished the qualifiers unbeaten, Kane insists that they have learned from Portugal, who won Euro 2016 against all odds and can turn the low expectations to an advantage.
“It’s going to be amazing — I’m really excited,” Kane said of the World Cup. “Growing up and watching these things, I was just hoping one day to be there. From an England point of view, we’ve got some players doing great in the Premier League. We’ve just got to go there [to Russia] with a clear mind, play like we’ve been playing in Premier League and see where it takes us.”
“There’s going to be no pressure. Of course, there’s going to be some sort of expectation. But not having won it in so long, no-one expects us to win it. As players, we have to go and first of try to get out of the group, see how we’re playing, see who we get [in the knockouts] and go from there.”
“Portugal weren’t playing the best football at the time when they won the Euros but they found a way to win games and win [the tournament]. Anything can happen at the World Cup and we’ve got to be ready for it.”
When questioned which team his favorite will be to win the tournament, Kane answered: “Of course, I’d choose England! But I’m not saying we’re going to win it, I’m just saying we’ve got to be ready because anything can happen.