Get to know England's World Cup squad with 'The Lions' Den'

Doug Mendoza
June 12, 2018

"Everybody wants the end result, and everyone wants to go and win". They have some talent, have a real desire and determination to play for England.

"It's different now. I think if you asked every single player what the difference is now they would say that we are prepared as a team for every scenario".

Kane was also quick to point out that the current crop of England stars regarded the World Cup as the pinnacle of football and that is the one competition that he and his teammates are dreaming of getting their hands on.

"I think everyone knows how tight-knit a group we are".

Southgate, who experienced the pitfalls of global football when he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to old foes Germany in the Euro '96 semi-finals hosted in England, did not wish to heighten expectations which has so often been a crushing burden for the national side. "He's a nutter, but we knew that anyway".

"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".

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"We definitely don't have that divide in the team any more".

The 24-year-old, who is seeking to snap his goal-scoring duck at major tournaments, insisted that England want to tackle the World Cup "head on" and believed that a shift in their mentality would help the national side to have a successful campaign.

"We played a behind-closed-doors game in France [at the 1998 World Cup] with Glenn [Hoddle] against local opposition, which I thought worked quite well. We aim to provide really rewarding experiences for customers in our business and, through this relationship, we look forward to rewarding Spurs fans wherever they follow the club".

Underscoring the importance of the tournament, Kane said that there are many big tournaments like Champions League and Premier League, but nothing is bigger than the World Cup for him.

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"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed those matches", he said.

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