Harry Kane determined to win 2018 World Cup as England captain
Kane proud to be given England captain’s armband and claims his side are aiming to go all the way in Russia
May 23rd, 2018
Harry Kane has been given the ultimate vote of confidence from manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with the Tottenham striker handed the armband for the summer tournament in Russia.
Kane is rightly proud of the opportunity to lead his team out and claims that his England side have a fighting chance of going a long way.
“I think we can win it,” he said. “We’re not going to be favourites to win it, we know that. But look at this season: no one thought Liverpool would get to the Champions League final. Look at Manchester United in the Sir Alex Ferguson days, with a young team, dominating the Premier League for years. It’s not really an excuse, being young. It could be a good thing.
“I believe we can win it. That’s what we’ve got to try and do. Anything else is not good enough, really. I want to win everything I do, it’s in my mindset. So do the players. So that’s what we’re going to try and do. There are some really good teams in the World Cup but those dreams of lifting the trophy are worth fighting for. We’re going to fight and give everything we’ve got.
“It’s part of planning for the World Cup, this pressure. You have to deal with it. We have a younger team, a less experienced team, but when we’re out there the fans will expect us to win: especially those first few group games. We expect to, too. That’s part of the experience, playing and coping with that pressure. In the past, we’ve been a bit afraid to say we want to win stuff. We’ve been afraid of the fans’ or media’s reaction. We go into our shells.
“But I want us not to be afraid to say we want to win it. We have to be brave. Whether we go out at the group stage or the semi-final, it’s the same: you don’t win the World Cup. So we’ve discussed it as players and shouldn’t have any fear. We want to win it, we’ll go there and do our best to achieve that.”