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

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"This generation has been underrated for a long time but they have shown their qualities when it matters, and they will go down in history as a great generation that has come close to the "bronze Vatreni" of 1998". There's a lot we could have done better. As a manager, you'd have gone home that night, if I'm Gareth Southgate, I'd have thought "yes, we've got beat but now look at our group, look where we go from here, look at the path forward". "Maybe we went ahead too early, we needed that next goal to kill off the tie and we had some good chances but never put them away".

Despite not being in Russian Federation, the expectant mother has sent her father to the World Cup in her place. But we also have qualities at set-pieces. 'We worked so hard, the fans were wonderful, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better. Everyone wants to finish the job and we are excited to try and do that.

For Kane, who has scored 20 or more Premier League goals four seasons running, it was not until after the 2014 World Cup that he established himself at the top level. "I'm just hoping he's recuperated really well for this one". It's unbelievable because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England. I don't think when I left, he didn't get in the team.

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I felt something odd in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off. England head into the game as favourites with the bookies but most expect a tight and exhilarating encounter.

Kane and Dele Alli, two of five Tottenham players in the current squad, were part of England's doomed Euro 2016 campaign, but they can expect a far more welcoming reception regardless of how their Russian adventure ends.

Redknapp added: 'I knew there was a player there because of his attitude and the way he was, he just wanted to be a player, trained hard, worked hard, fantastic person, dedicated, just practiced and practiced, he spent an hour after on the training pitch just working on his game.

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