England striker Harry Kane in immaculate condition ahead of World Cup

Kane takes the strain during training at the team hotel in Watford yesterday

Kane takes the strain during training at the team hotel in Watford yesterdayEDDIE KEOGH REX

Kane captained England in three of their eight World Cup qualifiers and has been handed the role for Russian Federation where the 24-year-old will also be expected to help fire the side into the knockout stages.

England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday that provided some clues as to how coach Gareth Southgate will line up his still experimental side when the World Cup gets underway in two weeks' time. "I've had a little bit of time off and time with the family which was important I think to get my head around it and have some downtime to refocus on what is important and that is the World Cup now".

"To be honest I didn't really feel that in the last camp [Euro 2016]; it was pretty relaxed in the last camp as well".

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"When the gaffer told me I was really pleased for Harry and he is a fantastic player".

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"It's hard to say what is a success because of what has happened in the past", he said.

Martyn never played at a World Cup and was 33 by the time he made his first appearance at a major global tournament during Euro 2000.

Southgate has yet to settle on his preferred starting team and fielded Jesse Lingard alongside fellow attacking midfielder Dele Alli on Saturday, providing England with pace and creativity that led to a string of first-half chances. You have got to have belief in the group all the time and believe you can reach the heights. Obviously there is a long way to go, but yeah, we've just got to do what we done today. There are still a lot of things we need to improve on tactically. We will be stronger together and we want to achieve something special. "We enjoy training together".

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