Tottenham striker Kane knows he needs to break World Cup scoring hoodoo

Simon Mignolet and Eden Hazard

"I would be surprised if the majority of players did not say the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world".

For instance, at a recently media day, all 23 players in the World Cup squad were available for journalists to speak to freely.

England manager Gareth Southgate has said his players will fly to Russian Federation on Tuesday having started to build a bridge between the squad and a sceptical nation.

If England finish second in Group G, they will face the victor of Group H which, according to world rankings, should be POLAND, although Colombia, Senegal and Japan are other potential opponents at this stage. But for us it's to play attacking football, to score, and that's important. That's what we are trying to instill into the team.

"I captained my Sunday League team the Spurs youth team and occasionally wore the armband as vice-captain for Spurs", he said.

If England are able to find a way past the 2014 World Cup winners, Euro 2016 champions PORTUGAL would be next on the menu, if results were to go according to world rankings.

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Kane was also quick to point out that the current crop of England stars regarded the World Cup as the pinnacle of football and that is the one competition that he and his teammates are dreaming of getting their hands on.

But Southgate insists that his players are primarily determined to entertain and ensure that England at least enjoys a feel-good factor during the tournament.

"We're proud to be here, we will work hard, be energetic".

He added: "In an idealistic world people would say to walk off the pitch but that means we would be thrown out of the tournament, which. many people would agree with".

"But our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control".

"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".

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