England have even more belief now, insists captain Kane
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 July 2018
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After Tuesday’s dramatic night in Moscow, the Three Lions are getting prepared for Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final with Sweden
Harry Kane insists the belief in the England squad is higher than ever heading into Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final tie with Sweden.
The Spurs forward scored his sixth goal of the tournament on Tuesday night during the last-16 clash with Colombia.
England won 4-3 on penalties after the knock-out game finished level at 1-1 after extra time in Moscow.
Kane scored from the spot in normal time to put Gareth Southgate’s men ahead, but Yerry Mina’s stoppage time header forced an additional 30 minutes and penalties were eventually required, and the Three Lions captain again stepped up to find the net.
After such a dramatic evening, where England were close to going out when Jordan Henderson missed from 12-yards, the 24-year-old Tottenham Hotspur striker believes it will have a positive impact on the squad going forward in Russia.
“Obviously we’d spoken a lot about being an inexperienced and young team, but we grew up a lot on that pitch,” said Kane.
“There were mixed emotions, highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out. We were behind, and wanting ‘Pickers’ (Jordan Pickford) to save one, and he did.
“It showed our mentality. It showed the togetherness and character. These are the moments you really see that.
“It’s a big night for England. This will give us more belief than ever, and the fans more belief than ever back home.”
Kane’s 57th minute penalty saw him move level with Gary Lineker’s goal tally from the 1986 World Cup.
The former Spurs and Everton forward won the golden boot at the tournament in Mexico 32 years ago with six goals, but England could have another golden boot winner soon.
From three games, Kane has six goals and is two ahead of his nearest challengers in Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, who has since been knocked out of the World Cup with Portugal by Uruguay.
While the Tottenham hitman would love to clinch the golden boot, his current focus remains on England’s next match against Sweden - tomorrow at 3pm.
After being asked about matching Linekar’s tally from 1986, Kane replied: “I’m extremely proud.
“You want to help the team and score goals, and we’ve had a few penalties in this tournament. Hopefully this continues.
“I’m extremely proud of these achievements, but I want to do better and do more. I’m just looking forward to the next game.”
Additional reporting by Press Association Sport.
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