England captain Harry Kane says reaching the World Cup semi-final in Russia cannot be a ‘one-off’ for this generation.
Kane became just the third man to captain England in a global semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday night as the Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by Croatia after extra-time, following in the footsteps of Sir Bobby Moore in 1966 and Terry Butcher in 1990.
The Tottenham forward wasn’t even born when England reached the same stage at Italia ’90. He is keen to ensure that a similar gap isn’t formed this time around.
“This has got to be the start of something rather than the end of it,” he said.
“We have built a solid foundation over a two-year period with the manager and it is so important we carry this on and continue to show we can do well in these major tournaments.
“We have shown we can in this one, the aim now is not to have to wait another 20 odd years to get in another big semi-final. We must go again and try and achieve our dreams.”
Kane is confident England are well placed to deliver, with manager Gareth Southgate having enhanced his reputation significantly over the summer in Russia. The squad must be ready and able to challenge again at Euro 2020.
“In two years’ time, if we are at the Euros, the aim it is to go again. This will give us belief we can do it in the big tournaments,” Kane added.
England are 3.25 to defeat Belgium in Saturday’s third place play-off. Belgium are 10.00 to repeat their group phase 1-0 win over England.