All eyes will be on the Kremlin today for the draw for next summer’s World Cup, with England in Pot 2, the group of clubs just behind the top seeds.
The nation’s hopes of long overdue success rest squarely on the shoulders of Tottenham striker Kane, who has scored seven in his last six games for England.
Kane has never been shy to state his desire to reach the very top of the game and England manager Southgate has told him to go out and make Russia 2018 his own.
“I’m certain that is Harry’s ambition, and there’s no question if that is his ambition, then this is the stage to go and show it,” said Southgate.
“As a player you are judged a lot by what happens with your club but in the end the world stars are ultimately judged by what they do with their country, and in major tournaments, this is the stage for all of our guys to show exactly the level they are capable of.”
The England manager himself will judge success by the reaction of the people back home.
“If we come back and the country are proud, that will mean we have played well, in a way that the nation has engaged with and we will have won some games because, for sure if we haven’t, they won’t be proud of…