Harry Kane says England will be 'aggressive and brave' at World Cup

Heather Diaz
June 12, 2018

"The aim is to be aggressive and fearless in possession", Kane told British media.

He added that in a big tournament like World Cup, it is more about being patient and taking on one game at a time.

"The past can help us and inform us but it shouldn't shape us and we've got to be our own team".

There has been a positive around Gareth Southgate's squad in the build-up to Russian Federation 2018 - something Southgate, on the eve of England's departure to the World Cup, is keen to capitalise on in the coming weeks.

Kane, who will captain his country at the tournament, acknowledged that England have been "passive" and have focused too much on avoiding defeat in previous tournaments. Sometimes going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it's about playing attacking football.

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"Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer", said Kane.

Players switched between the teams that wore England's white and black training tops, allowing Southgate to look at different combinations as all the squad members received some involvement. I've always felt you go through spells.

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"We have listened to compelling interviews from Rio and Frank and Steven and we've used those to say we've got to make sure we put those club situations to one side, but I don't think there is that intense rivalry at the moment between our top clubs that there was then", he told reporters. First and foremost we will run around and do that aspect of the game.

"We know we are not the finished article - in fact, we're a long way from it - but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play". They will play their opening game against Tunisia on June 18.

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