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Kane spurred on by England's World Cup class of '66

World Cup 2018 Harry Kane Spurred On By England Harry Kane is drawing inspiration from the country's 1966 World Cup heroes
Cassandra Castillo | 12 July, 2018, 14:55

Tottenham striker Kane started the tournament in impressive form scoring six goals in his first four matches.

England took the lead with a magnificent free-kick from Kieran Trippier. It just felt like not since Euro 96 when we were 1 nil up against the Germans, or in 1998 when Michael Owen scored against Argentina and before Beckham got sent off, we - in a major tournament - really had a chance of winning.

"I'd be amazed if we didn't learn in the next few days he's (Kane) been carrying an injury since the Colombia game", Neville said on ITV. The ball rebounded nearly out of the play, then sat up for Kane to take another shot from less than two metres. An offside was called for the proceeding play so it wouldn't have counted anyway.

Following England's defeat at the World Cup on Wednesday, Harry Kane's fiancée Katie Goodland was one of the first people to take to social media to post her reaction in a heartbreaking post. And Croatia would never let England get so close again.

It meant another World Cup semifinal heartbreaker for England, only this time the game was under control before it was lost.

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However, through my crash course in the other* football, I keep finding more and more striking parallels in the trajectory of each team and their supporters.

In Russia, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play.

"You've had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in".

That hasn't been the case this year, and since England's 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, the song has surged in popularity. An energetic first 30 minutes reaped only a single goal from Kane.

The Duke of Cambridge shared a personal message on Kensington Palace's official Twitter page encouraging Gareth Southgate and his team of Lions to "hold [their] heads high".

"I'm sure we lacked in some areas, there are things we could've done better". The fans were fantastic, " Kane said.

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