England show World Cup promise in home victory over Nigeria

England show World Cup promise in home victory over Nigeria

Gareth Southgate's side will be favourites to advance to the round of 16 along with Belgium from Group H but, while Giggs believes England can benefit from the youthful talents of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford, he is yet to be convinced by the team's midfield options.

The Stoke City striker actually has a brilliant record for the Three Lions, scoring 22 in 42 games and playing for his country in two World Cups -including scoring a victor against Trinidad and Tobago in Germany back in 2006.

"I am a big believer that you have to make mistakes to learn from them", Alli said.

"It's been tough because for the last 50 years we haven't won anything. We have a great group of lads who want be fearless and give it everything they have got".

Kane will not only carry the burden of leadership, but will also be expected to score the goals to carry England deep into the tournament after a best ever return of 41 this season, despite suffering an ankle ligament injury in March.

"I'll have to see what I can do over the next few weeks, few months or years to see if I can put myself in to a position to be number one".

England captain Kane was on target in Saturday's 2-1 win over Nigeria at Wembley in their penultimate match before the World Cup.

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"I feel really good and training has been of a high intensity", he added.

The 27-year-old Liverpool captain admitted that the 3-1 loss to Real in Kiev was tough to take but the need to get his mind on this month's tournament in Russian Federation has helped him to get over it. "So, I think the England team have a good chance of getting the quarters, even the semis I think".

However, England's football governing body confirmed that this was not the case, and Kane was eager to point out that his weight was the lower figure of the two.

"I don't know if it's been changed but I'm definitely not 15-and-a-half stone".

"I'm normally about 89 or 90 kilos".

"It is disappointing from a British aspect there's only England representing the United Kingdom, and especially after Wales and Northern Ireland have been part of the Euros and performed really well in the Euros as well", he said. It was normal for me, I just got on with it. "It's obviously bad to see yourself spoken of in that light, but it's not something that gets me down". I spoke with my mum and she was OK.

"That was the least of my worries".

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