Harry Kane has fired a resounding message to the nation as England get set to depart for the World Cup: we’ll make you proud again.

The England captain will lead Gareth Southgate’s squad, who have the giant task of trying to repair this country’s tattered reputation following the embarrassing showings at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

Kane was part of the England side who suffered global humiliation at the hands of Iceland in France two years ago.

Harry Kane fired a resounding message to the nation as England get set to depart for Russia

Harry Kane fired a resounding message to the nation as England get set to depart for Russia

Harry Kane fired a resounding message to the nation as England get set to depart for Russia

But the Tottenham striker is on a personal mission to restore the English public’s faith in their national team as he leads the Three Lions in battle.

‘One hundred per cent we want to make the nation proud of the St George’s flag again,’ said Kane. ‘I am proud to be English and I would do anything for my country. Football plays such a big part in that and to make the fans proud and the country proud would be an incredible feeling.

‘We feel that we can do that, so all we can do is fight on the pitch and give 120 per cent in every game and wear that badge with pride. I am sure the country will take to that.’

Fresh from signing a new £90million six-year contract with Tottenham last week, Kane will go into the tournament free of any distractions.

A prolific tournament would only have intensified persistent speculation linking him with Real Madrid.

Of course, the interest remains. Kane and Real look a natural fit. But Kane is genuinely happy in north London, he wouldn’t have signed otherwise.

Eventually, a move to Spain may become a reality, particularly if his career continues on its current trajectory and Tottenham’s trophy drought drags on.

The England captain will lead Gareth Southgate’s squad at World Cup this summer in Russia

The England captain will lead Gareth Southgate’s squad at World Cup this summer in Russia

The England captain will lead Gareth Southgate’s squad at World Cup this summer in Russia

But, at least for now, Kane is seeking success in the Tottenham white he adorns at the moment.

Winning silverware with Tottenham seems a far more realistic opportunity than ending England’s 52-year wait for a major trophy.

Not that you’d know it judging by the England captain’s optimism.

‘It is hard to look beyond the World Cup — I don’t think any player would tell you any different,’ Kane said.

‘It is the one competition that everybody dreams of winning. That is the No 1, first and foremost.

Kane was part of England side that suffered global humiliation at hands of Iceland at Euro 2016

Kane was part of England side that suffered global humiliation at hands of Iceland at Euro 2016

Kane was part of England side that suffered global humiliation at hands of Iceland at Euro 2016

‘Obviously I understand you have got the Champions League and Premier League. There are so many big competitions and they are every season.

‘But for me I don’t think it gets much bigger than the World Cup.

‘I would be surprised if the majority of players did not say that the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world.

‘I would love to win everything with Tottenham, but for me personally the World Cup outweighs them all.’

It will be interesting to see how Kane juggles his captaincy duties with shouldering the burden of England’s hopes in front of goal.

The Tottenham striker is on a personal mission to restore the English public’s faith in the team

The Tottenham striker is on a personal mission to restore the English public’s faith in the team

The Tottenham striker is on a personal mission to restore the English public’s faith in the team

Despite his quiet persona, Kane insists he’ll have no qualms about laying down the line to his team-mates.

He said: ‘I can do rollickings. I’ve always been someone who is vocal to push players, to push myself. I try to lead by example.

‘When players are having a good or bad day, there are players around who can see that and do something about it.’

But it is in front of goal where Kane is expected to have the greatest impact over the coming weeks.

He is fresh from signing a new £90million six-year contract with Tottenham last week

He is fresh from signing a new £90million six-year contract with Tottenham last week

He is fresh from signing a new £90million six-year contract with Tottenham last week

He has scored 13 goals in 24 international appearances, which is impressive. However, the 24-year-old is yet to score in a major tournament for England.

Of course, he’s only played in one — the ill-fated Euro 2016 campaign. But given that he also fired blanks in the European Under 21 Championship in 2015, Kane knows that serious questions will be asked if he fails to hit the target again.

‘It’s something I want to change, hopefully this summer. I’ve always felt you go through spells,’ the striker added.

He has scored 13 goals in 24 international appearances but is yet to score in major tournament

He has scored 13 goals in 24 international appearances but is yet to score in major tournament

He has scored 13 goals in 24 international appearances but is yet to score in major tournament

‘The ball goes in, sometimes it doesn’t — like August every year for me. That’s part of the game.

‘But I always look at my game and see how I can get better. So that’s big tournaments.

‘Obviously that’s only one tournament for me, but there is the U21s as well. I want to score in tournament football and that is what I will try to do.’

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