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Harry Kane says England must enter the World Cup arena this summer believing they can win the tournament.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward will skipper the Three Lions in Russia and he netted as Gareth Southgate’s team overcame Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday.
England led the Super Eagles 2-0 at the interval thanks to Gary Cahill’s early header and Kane’s low drive.
Nigeria improved after the break and halved the deficit early in the second period through Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi. The hosts remained comfortable thereafter and held on for victory.
According to Kane, other nations will see England as a genuine threat at the World Cup this summer and they need to believe they have a chance of winning the World Cup for the first time in 52 years.
“A lot of countries do believe that England are a big threat in the World Cup,” he said.
“For some reason, not a lot of us believe in it. But I’ve said before it’s going to be very tough, there’s no doubt about it, it’s a World Cup. “But you have to believe, you have to have that feeling that you can win it.
“If we play like we did against Nigeria against any team in the world we are going to cause them problems, so that’s what we’ve got to try and do.”
England tackle Tunisia in Volgograd in their opening game on June 18 before facing Panama in Nizhny Novgorod five days later.
Their Group G campaign concludes with a heavyweight showdown against Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28. Southgate’s team are 2.25 to win Group G and 17.00 to be crowned world champions next month.