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13 June 2018, 01:06 | Pamela Mathis
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England are not among the pre-tournament favourites, and are priced by the bookies to finish second in Group G behind Belgium, but several members of the squad have been bullish about their prospects of winning the trophy.
"The aim is to be aggressive and courageous".
"Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer", said Kane.
Southgate, who experienced the pitfalls of global football when he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to old foes Germany in the Euro '96 semi-finals hosted in England, did not wish to heighten expectations which has so often been a crushing burden for the national side.
Southgate remains unsure of what reception England will receive in front of the Russian fans, but says protocols have been discussed and put in place in the event of racism at the World Cup.
"We want to take this tournament head on", he declares.
"The past can help us and inform us but it shouldn't shape us and we've got to be our own team".
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The English striker reassured the fans about their biggest fear, Penalties, saying "We have been practicing penalties, not every session, but every now and then the coaches will throw it in at the end of the session; when we are maybe a little bit worn out in games after extra-time, the lads are exhausted, that's when it's going to happen". First and foremost we will run around and do that aspect of the game.
"We have a lot of attacking flair that can do some damage".
"But I always look at my game and see how I can get better".
Kane added that he regards national team achievements higher than those at club level. "It's the one competition everybody dreams of winning", he said.
There are widespread concerns surrounding racism on the eve of the World Cup, with the Russian Football Union fined £22,000 by FIFA for racist chanting in a March friendly against France in St Petersburg.
But for me, I don't think it gets much bigger than the World Cup.
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