Tottenham striker Harry Kane is happy that England proved they were not going to solely rely on his goals at the World Cup with a 6-2 thrashing of Iran. The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner was instrumental in the statement win-but was not on the score sheet as many fans back home would have expected in a heavy win.
Youngsters Bukayo Saka and Jude Belligham proved that England’s future was bright with an all round sensational display with Dortmund star Jude Bellingham scoring his first England goal at the World Cup. What a place to open your account for your country.
21-year-old Arsenal star Bukayo Saka bagged a brace as a special England side rolled out a convincing win and laid down a marker. Harry Kane who is just two goals short of Wayne Rooney’s all-time England top scorers’ record of 53 goals says it was nice to see goals come from all over the pitch. He told reporters at the Khalifa international stadium in Doha: “Absolutely - to go far in any major tournament you need goals, not just from your main striker, but from all over the place.
“We started the game really well, the boys who have come on have done fantastic. Really pleased and I know it’ll give everyone confidence. Everyone, whenever you score or get an assist, it lifts their spirits and we’re going to need everyone to do well in this tournament.”
Armband reverse not ideal
Prior to the game Tottenham and England star Harry Kane was set to wear the rainbow coloured armband only to be stopped by Fifa at the last minute. All seven nations including England and Wales were told players would be penalised if they wore the colours which has added to the off the field issues that has got fans wondering if Qatar is really the best country to host the World Cup.
Issues of human rights and LGBTQ+ topics continue to plague the competitions but on the field England looked sharp and fresh. Kane admits he was looking forward to wearing it but has had to get on with it.
He added: “I think we’re disappointed. I think I said yesterday we wanted to wear it, but that decision was taken out of my hands today. I turned up to the stadium with the armband that I wore and I was told I had to wear it. Look, it’s out of our control as players. I’m sure the FA and Fifa will continue those discussions but most importantly today we focused on the game and got a great result.”