Harry Kane: Qualification always the priority


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Harry Kane insists securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup was always England’s main priority following their lacklustre display in the 1-0 victory over Slovenia on Thursday.

The Three Lions went into the match at Wembley knowing a win would seal their place at next summer’s finals in Russia and they achieved the feat thanks to a stoppage-time strike from Kane.

However, England struggled to find their rhythm for the majority of the match and there appear to be more questions than answers for Gareth Southgate’s side ahead of the tournament.

Tottenham ace Kane, who captained the Three Lions against Slovenia, insists he is not concerned by the manner of their latest performance as the main priority was always to achieve qualification.

“[Qualification] is all that matters,” Kane told ITV. “It was frustrating at times and we had to be patient.

In the last 10 minutes, they were getting tired and we created a few opportunities – I was happy to finally put one in the back of the net at the end.”

The 24-year-old, who has netted four times during qualifying, is now looking forward to competing at his first World Cup and he is hoping England can begin to build some momentum for the finals against Lithuania in their concluding qualifier on Sunday.

“It’s amazing to get there. It’s no easy feat these days [to qualify]. There’s a lot of top countries around the world struggling to qualify. We’re all delighted,” he added.

“That’s job done for us. We have another game on Sunday [against Lithuania] and we need to keep doing what we’re doing and working hard.”

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