England captain Harry Kane rubbishes reports of World Cup’s demise

England news Ryan Bertrand blames Gareth Southgate 'oversight' for World Cup omission

England face Tunisia in their opening Group G fixture on Monday, before taking on Panama and Belgium.

"The aim is to be aggressive and fearless".

"We have listened to compelling interviews from Rio and Frank and Steven and we've used those to say we've got to make sure we put those club situations to one side, but I don't think there is that intense rivalry at the moment between our top clubs that there was then", he told reporters.

The showpiece event in Russian Federation will be Kane's first World Cup, having previously played for England at Euro 2016 and in the 2015 Under-21 European Championship, but the Tottenham striker wants to break his duck of never scoring at a major tournament.

"It's going to be hard, but it's possible we'll become world champions, we have the players and the coaching staff for it, some of us play in the best clubs in the world and are in the top of the league", he told t-online.

"We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage".

"There was a clear shift in the identity of the team, we went to a back three and people have been warmed by that, not only the young players in this squad, but the young players in the system, the success with the junior teams".

Donegan penned the song in 1965 as the official tune to go along with the Football Association's mascot for the tournament. That is No.1, first and foremost. That's part of the game. Obviously I understand you have got the Champions League and Premier League - so many big competitions - and it is every season. So that's big tournaments.

Kane added that he regards national team achievements higher than those at club level.

The Spurs striker was named as Gareth Southgate's captain for the 2018 World Cup over the likes of Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and his new-found role of responsibility means that he will be key to ensuring that the squad play harmoniously.

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.

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