Sport England look to Kane for World Cup magic

20:29  11 july  2018
20:29  11 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

England hope different mindset will conquer penalty curse

  England hope different mindset will conquer penalty curse England have projected this World Cup as a fresh start for a new generation but the team's record of failure in penalty shoot-outs may not be so easy to forget. Penalties have been the death of England at six of the last 12 major tournaments and in that time, they have won only once, against Spain at Euro '96. Gareth Southgate's playing career was defined by the shot he side-footed into the hands of Andreas Kopke as England then lost in the semi-finals at Wembley to Germany. "I have had a couple of decades thinking it through," Southgate said last week.

Harry Kane is hoping his magic touch can prove a knockout blow against Colombia. Hand of jord. The magical moment Jordan Pickford became England World Cup penalty hero.

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a man holding a football ball© Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited The last time England made a FIFA World Cup final, they won. That was in 1966 though and it's been 52 long years since they’ve been back on football's biggest stage.

Hopes are high around England that this is the year the Three Lions finally break their hoodoo.

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The English will come up against a Croatian side equally desperate to make this tournament one to remember.

Playing as Croatia, their best finish was third at the 1998 tournament, the only previous time they've made it out of the group stages.

Croatia is mercilessly trolling England and English soccer after knocking them out of the World Cup in heartbreaking fashion

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England into World Cup knockout stage as Kane hat-trick leads 6-1 Panama rout. Read more. 89 min “ Look at the link again about fair play separation,” says James Hurle. “ England and Belgium start on 0 points and then earn minus points for each fair play contravention.

England manager Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane look forward to World Cup quarter final match against Sweden. England might need some magic and Lingard can provide that, with Betway offering 10/1 for him to score from outside the penalty area.

They'll rely on Luke Modric as their main creative outlet, the Real Madrid star is one of the classiest midfielders on the planet. Modric completes all the tasks of a midfield playmaker with elite execution.

England will turn to Harry Kane as their talismanic figure to lead them through to Monday's final. Kane's six goals this tournament have seen him all but lock up top goalscorer, the next best players still in the tournament are Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann of France on three – and they only have one more game to play.

England's always had their share of elite footballing stars but Kane has been able to do what the likes of Rooney, Beckham and Gerrard couldn't, he's put England on his back  and powered them towards footballing history.

England end penalty jinx to edge Colombia in shootout

  England end penalty jinx to edge Colombia in shootout England edged Colombia on penalties to halt a run of five successive shootout defeats at major tournaments and book a quarter-final clash against Sweden at the World Cup. Harry Kane fired England ahead with his tournament-leading sixth goal just before the hour in Moscow, converting a penalty after he was hauled down by Carlos Sanchez at a corner.Gareth Southgate's team looked to be heading into the last eight in regulation time until Yerry Mina equalised with a 93rd-minute header as the giant Colombian defender scored for the third game in a row.

England captain Harry Kane scored twice including a stoppage-time winner as he led his side to a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening World Cup match on Monday. Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England were going to extend their

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Admittedly, England have one of their best lineups in many years but Kane's been a true go-to man, turning up when they've most needed him.

He scored a vital stoppage time winner in their opener against Tunisia, then put three past a hapless Panama side and stepped up to calmly slot home a penalty in the shootout win over Colombia.

One more goal for Kane would put him past Gary Lineker's 32 year England record of six goals in a World Cup tournament, and would go a long way to booking their spot in football's biggest match.

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