World Cup 2018: Harry Kane wants England to believe after reaching last 16

first_imgHarry Kane continued his goal scoring form in the World Cup after scoring a hat-trick against Panama and help England reach the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.After scoring a brace against Tunisia, Kane’s three goals today has also made him the highest goal scorer in this year’s tournament with five but he feels he is a team man and feels that it is a fantastic moment for England and they are enjoying themselves.”Fantastic. I am so, so proud of the boys. We are just enjoying it – enjoying being here. We have been working on set pieces and working on the way we play and it is all coming together. Fantastic to be through and to do it this way is brilliant,” said Kane.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTWith a late come back in the first match and a resounding win in the second, England fans think there is a reason to believe again and their captain says that they should as well.”The fans have been brilliant, both sets of fans to be fair, that is what the World Cup is about. We are enjoying it and we have to keep it going, not get ahead of ourselves,” said the 24-year-old.”You have to believe, there is a long way to go, a lot of had work but we just have to stick to our game plan,” he added.Also read – Harry Kane first Englishman to score World Cup hat-trick since 1986The England captain scored from two penalties and buried them with ease. Speaking about his ease with spot kicks, he said: “I have a routine for penalties – I think I put the ball down three times – and it’s just about getting in the zone. I practice them quite a lot, so it’s just about picking a corner and sticking with it. I was delighted to see it go in.”advertisement The Spurs striker was taken off just after scoring his third goal as a precautionary measure by Gareth Southgate and Kane feels that the coach was right in looking at the bigger picture.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Maybe. The gaffer makes the decision, there is the bigger picture,” said the English captain.England’s win on Sunday broke many records and Kane led from the front in that aspect as well.This was the first time the Three Lions had scored five plus goals in a World Cup fixture ever. Previous top scoring matches were the 1966 final against Germany that England won 4-2 and against Belgium in 1954 when they match ended in a 4-4 tie.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThis is only the fifth time in World Cup history that a team has scored five plus goals in the first half of a match. The last time it happened was in Brazil, when Germany hammered the hosts 7-1 in the 2014 semi-final at the Mineirao.The former champions had a 5-0 lead going into the first half. Kane scored two goals from the spot while Stones scored his brace from two headers. Lingard’s goal was one of the most sweetly struck goals in this World Cup so far.With five goals down already, the second half started slowly as expected until Kane got a hat-trick in the most unusual way possible in the 62nd minute of the match before being replaced by Jamie Vardy. Ruben Loftus-Cheek unleashed a low shot from the edge of the box and the ball looped inside the goal over the goalkeeper to give the Tottenham striker his third goal of the match and the last goal overall.And, the English No. 9 was happy to have luck on his side.”The third one is probably one of the luckiest goals of my career but as a striker you go through spells when you’re scoring, sometimes they don’t fall for you. So far it’s been going my way, so hopefully that continues,” said Kane as he laughed.He signed off by saying that their main aim is to win against Belgium and the win against Panama will give them less headaches.”We got to go into the game against Belgium looking to win but this win gives us a bit of a cushion. We will see what happens,” said Kane before signing off.With the 6-1 win, England are now on top of Group G with six points and a goal difference of seven. Gareth Southgate’s men will join Belgium from the group in the last 16 and the winner of their match will top the group.advertisementThis was also England’s biggest-ever World Cup victory and the second most number of goals scored in a World Cup. The Three Lions had scored 11 goals in the 1966 World Cup.Kane also became the third England player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup. Geoff Hurst was the first in the 1966 final and Gary Lineker was the second, when he put three past Poland in 1986.Also, Kane’s first spot kick was the first penalty converted by an England player at the World Cup since 2002. David Beckham scored the last time from the spot against Argentina. He is also the third player now behind Hunt (1966) and Lineker (1986) to score three or more goals in a group stages of a World Cup match.last_img