Captain Kane eager to continue form and help England keep winning games
PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 June 2018
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The Spurs forward discussed how proud he was of his team-mates after the 6-1 win over Panama
Harry Kane has revealed his desire to play every minute for England ahead of this week’s Group G decider against Belgium on Thursday.
The Spurs forward struck a 62-minute hat-trick for the Three Lions on Sunday to help them thrash Panama 6-1 and book their spot in the last-16 of the competition.
Gareth Southgate brought the striker off seconds after completing his treble and may now rest Kane against Belgium.
But the 24-year-old has insisted he wants to play every minute for his country and help his nation maintain their four-game winning streak.
Kane said: “Obviously I want to play. I want to continue the form I’m in, but whatever decision the gaffer makes we’ll get behind. There is a bigger picture.
“The most important thing is always winning games, and if my goals help my team win then that’s the perfect situation.
“There’s a long way to go and a lot of good players just behind me (on the list). Hopefully I can just continue and take it into Thursday’s game.”
Going into the final Group G match, England are ahead of Belgium because they have picked up fewer yellow cards at the tournament.
Even though the country which finishes second may receive a more favourable route in the knock-out phase, Kane insists the squad are desperate to win on Thursday.
He added: “It’s important we finish top. We’re ahead by a yellow card or something, but we want to try to win the game and take the momentum into the knock-out stages.”
If England are to defeat Belgium, their captain will most likely have to be at his best and add to his impressive tally already of five World Cup goals.
Kane is top of the scoring charts heading into the final group game and revealed his pride at netting a hat-trick on Sunday.
But the Spurs star also paid tribute to his team-mates for the discipline they showed in the face of some robust Panama tactics.
“Not many players score a hat-trick in the World Cup, so I’m extremely proud of that,” said Kane.
“We are extremely proud of each other really. The way we played, the discipline, the hard work. It’s not every time you go through after two games, so we’re happy with that.”
England will now look to finish their group campaign on a high with another positive result on Thursday over Belgium.
Additional reporting by Press Association Sport.
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