Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Kane focuses on bigger picture for England

Kane focuses on bigger picture for England

England squad will face Columbia on July 3. Recent England teams have looked weighed down with pressure at major tournaments - the most painful and obvious example being in the 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championship in 2016 - but not this edition.

Southgate is having a similar impact on Lingard and England's other youngsters.

"We've been practising and going through strategies on penalties since March".

"At the level we're playing at here, being in an England camp or whether it is at the club, you have to really understand that and you can nearly take bits from other people's game to try and bring your own game on".

"We don't need to change too much".

"No. Obviously we are going to have to play the big teams sooner rather than later and, if you want to be the best team in the world, you've got to beat the big teams", he said.

Kane leads the race for the Golden Boot but was kept in reserve by Gareth Southgate for a 1-0 defeat to Belgium that meant the Three Lions finished second in Group G, to keep him fresh for England's last-16 clash with Colombia on Tuesday.

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His career was overshadowed by the penalty miss in the Euro 96 semi-final shoot-out against Germany, but he has used that to back up his message to the current squad not to leave the pitch Tuesday with any regrets.

England have projected this World Cup as a fresh start for a new generation but the team's record of failure in penalty shoot-outs may not be so easy to forget.

He also praised Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who had an unsuccessful spell at England with Manchester United and Chelsea, but who has returned to form in France.

Statistics suggest that players have an 89 percent chance of scoring if the team's last two shootouts have been successful. "We know our ranking of players, but there is a lot of football before we get to that point".

"So he's desperate to support us but also I think his focus needs be with his family at this time and he has my full support on that".

"For some of them, this will be one of the biggest games they'll have been involved in, but maybe not the biggest". It's no problem for me, just part of the pre-match provocations. The organization has surprised everyone, I think it's given an incredible image of the Russian people, of Russia in general.

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