Harry Kane feeling good ahead of England’s final friendly match with Costa Rica before jetting off to Russia
PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 07 June 2018
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The Tottenham Hotspur forward scored during Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Super Eagles and praised the display of Gareth Southgate’s men
Harry Kane was pleased to mark his first game as official England captain with a goal after scoring what proved to be the winner in Saturday’s friendly victory over Nigeria at Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate’s team expected a stern test up against the Super Eagles and it was, but they held on to triumph 2-1 in Brent in what was their penultimate fixture before the 2018 World Cup.
England will be in action again on Thursday when they face Costa Rica at Elland Road in a 8pm kick-off and Kane expects another tough match.
The Spurs forward led from the front on Saturday and saw some of his Tottenham Hotspur team-mates impress with right-back Kieran Trippier setting up Gary Cahill for the opener after only seven minutes.
It was 2-0 in the 39th minute when Kane rifled home following neat link-up play between him and former Queens Park Rangers youngster Raheem Sterling.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi pulled one back for Nigeria two minutes into the second half and made things tough for England, but the Three Lions held on for a pleasing win.
“It was a good victory against a tough side,” Kane told ITV. “The first half we were excellent and moved the ball quickly.
“The second, we had trouble and they changed their formation, but we got used to it and saw the game out well.
“I feel at my best, really good and it’s always great to score. I’m looking forward to the game on Thursday now. It will be another tough one.”
Kane was one of four Spurs players to start for England and all of them produced tidy displays with Trippier and Eric Dier both completing 90 minutes and Dele Alli getting through 82.
The captain came off with 17 minutes left while Danny Rose came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, but his hopes of starting in the Russia were given something of a boost on Monday.
England announced their World Cup numbers and the Spurs left-back was handed three with Dier taking four.
Kane, unsurprisingly, got the number nine shirt and Alli was given his club number of 20 while right-back Trippier was handed the number 12 jersey.
How much you can read into it is up for debate, but Rose and the rest of his Tottenham team-mates will learn more about Southgate’s thinking in Thursday’s friendly with Costa Rica at Elland Road.
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