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England captain Harry Kane well aware of Panama threat ahead of their next World Cup match

ByDave Stopher

Jun 5, 2018

The captain of the England football team, Harry Kane, whose two goals enabled them to beat a gritty Tunisian side, in their opening match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, in Russia, spoke to their in-house media after the match. He shared that scoring the winning goals on such global football platform has been a dream come true for him. The interview was shared by the English Football Association later on Wednesday.

The skipper spoke to the England team’s in-house media service while recovering in an ice bath at their current training facility outside of the St Petersburg. He reviewed the England’s 2-1 win against Tunisia both from professional and personal perspectives.A lot punters had their money on that game and booked huge profits after England’s victory. On a side note, anyone new to sports betting must always bet on football with the help of experts.

His performance in and take on the match against Tunisia

The Tottenham striker expressed his delight with his personal performance in the match by stating, “To score a winner in the World Cup like that is just incredible and watching the celebrations back home and in the stadium like I say, I’ve been part of that before when I was watching football, so to see it and to be part of it is amazing”

The 24 year old London resident not only managed to score his first ever World Cup goal for England by putting the ball behind the goal line, off a rebound at the 11th minute of the game, he also scored a perfectly timed last-minute header, enabling his side to go up 2-1 in the game, 10 minutes before the half-time. He’d be hoping for his side to perform in a manner that they’d go down in the history books having delivered some of the greatest matches in FIFA history!

He further stated that his inclusion in and performance for the English side is what dreams are made up of. He felt very proud of the team as they fought right till the end, and that they played really well, particularly during the first half. However, Kane didn’t refrain from acknowledging that they also squandered many important opportunities during the opening minutes of the game.

Missed opportunities and the importance of the next match

Both Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard failed to convert their easy goal scoring chances in the first half. The English team will now face Panama in their next match on June 24, Sunday, which if they win will see the Gareth Southgate side progress into the knockout stages. The win will ease their minds before the tough match against Belgium on June 28. Here’s a preview of that encounter.

Kane urged his team to not get complacent and warn them that the Panama game would be a huge challenge as the Central American team would come out all guns blazing to stay in the competition, after their 3-0 loss to Belgium.

Gareth Southgate’ strategy

The team manager, Gareth Southgate, although has no serious injury concerns to be worried about, despite Dele Alli being in doubt, everyone is expecting that he would go in with a 3-5-1-1 strategy against Panama on Sunday.