Harry Kane: we could have done better

Dele Alli

The striker has scored six goals at the World Cup in Russian Federation, with a semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday and a final or third/fourth place playoff still to come, and Redknapp conceded he has been taken aback by the rise of the 24-year-old.

The Tottenham forward is the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, putting him level with Gary Lineker's 1986 haul, ahead of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia.

Only Harry Kane (6 goals) has been involved in more goals at the 2018 World Cup than Antoine Griezmann (3 goals, 2 assists).

"Obviously the next step now is to go one further". It's so much inspiration.

Harry Kane admitted that England were "hurting" after last night's defeat and acknowledged that an opportunity had been missed. We got further than anyone else thought we would have, so we've just got to learn from it and take what we can.

"We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old at Tuesday's eve-of-game press conference at Luzhniki Stadium. Of course, it's sad to lose when you're so close to the final game.

As World Cup fever mounts back home during a long summer heatwave, the country is hopeful of reaching a first final in more than half a century.

"It's an experience for us", said the Everton stopper.

"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training. I'm just hoping he's recuperated really well for this one".

Kane is mindful of the influence he now wields as one of the game's top stars, but the status is one he appears to embrace.

'I've got the utmost respect for him - he's been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons - but he's not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard. It's fantastic because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.

"So to be here, to be part of it, I'm so proud".

There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic's side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both the hosts and Denmark in the last two rounds.

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