Hat-trick hero Harry Kane has urged the nation to believe after England’s stunning 6-1 victory over Panama.
Captain Kane will take the headlines after netting three goals in the Three Lions’ biggest ever World Cup victory and is now the leading goalscorer at the tournament.
Whilst he was keen to reiterate that there was a long way to go and plenty of games left to play, Kane wants the team and the country to believe England can go all the way.
The comfortable win means England have qualified with a game to spare and now face Belgium on Thursday night in a battle for top spot.
“Yes! I’ve said before: you have to believe,” Kane said when asked if the country should get carried away.
“To achieve anything you want in life you have to believe. There is a long way to go and a lot of hard work, we still have to stick to our gameplan and that’s the most important thing.”
On the support in the ground, he added: ” It’s been brilliant. Both sets of fans. That’s what the World Cup is about – everybody coming together.
“Our fans have been great. We appreciate the support we get here and back home. We’re enjoying it, but we’ve got to keep going and not get to ahead of ourselves. It’s a big game against Belgium and we’re looking forward to it.”
Kane may have scored three goals and become only the third Englishman to score a treble at the World Cup – alongside Geoff Hurst and Gary Linekar – but he was keen to praise the team, rather than take the plaudits.
“[I’m] so proud of the boys. It was [about] just enjoying it and being here,” he said.
“We knew it was going to be tough and they started well. We’ve been working on set pieces and the way we want to play and it’s all coming together.
“Brilliant result, fantastic to be through and to do it this way is brilliant.”