Kane hoping to inspire a generation

10 July 2018 08:04

Harry Kane is England captain

Harry Kane is England captain

Captain Harry Kane is leading England's unexpected bid for glory, and is hoping to inspire the next generation of footballers by going all the way in Russia.

On Wednesday, the Tottenham striker will become the first man since Terry Butcher in 1990 to lead the English national team in a semi-final when they play Croatia in Moscow.

Kane, 24, who was not even born when Sir Bobby Robson's side were knocked out on penalties by West Germany during their last semi-final in Turin, is determined to make history.

England last made the final on home soil back in 1966, when they won the trophy.

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Heroes

Kane has met the hero of 1966, Sir Geoff Hurst, and knows he could be just a week away from emulating an achievement many feared would never be repeated.

"It's amazing to meet any heroes from '66 and it gives you so much inspiration, obviously it's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament," he said.

"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament."

Six goals

Kane is the frontman of this England squad in more ways than one, shouldering an admirable amount of the public interest and expectation.

The Spurs strike has rarely ducked the spotlight and chipping in with the small matter of six goals - more than anyone else in the competition

"It's amazing because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England so to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud.

"No-one wants to go home. Everyone wants to finish the job and we are excited to try and do that. We want to be here till the end. We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional."

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