Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Kane: England have been practising penalties

Kane: England have been practising penalties

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"Obviously, I understand you've got the Champions League and Premier League - so many big competitions - but, for me, I don't think it gets much bigger than the World Cup.I would love to win everything with Tottenham but, for me, personally, the World Cup outweighs them all", he said.

There has been a positive around Gareth Southgate's squad in the build-up to Russian Federation 2018 - something Southgate, on the eve of England's departure to the World Cup, is keen to capitalise on in the coming weeks. They have some talent, have a real desire and determination to play for England.

"Our journey might get just as hard as theirs as we go along", said Southgate. I've always felt you go through spells.

England continued preparations for their own adventure by holding an internal match at St George's Park yesterday lunchtime.

"I don't think the players would want that because they have worked all their lives to play at a World Cup".

England's first game will take place against Tunisia on Tuesday 19th June, before playing Panama on the following Sunday and will play Belgium in the final group game.

"We played a behind-closed-doors game in France [at the 1998 World Cup] with Glenn [Hoddle] against local opposition, which I thought worked quite well".

Captain Harry Kane set the tone with a confident assessment of the team's chances and others have followed suit. "He's a nutter, but we knew that anyway".

"Sometimes, going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it's about winning the first game, winning the second game. I recognise the responsibility that brings but also I'm enjoying that challenge".

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