Is this old Harry Kane photo a sign that it's coming home?

2:27                                            Roger Clarke finds out how Sweden fans are preparing for their World Cup showdown against England

2:27 Roger Clarke finds out how Sweden fans are preparing for their World Cup showdown against England

The young English team will be aware that they are making history, winning a penalty shootout for the first time in a World Cup, banishing the penalty hoo-doo that followed England ever since Euro 96 where Southgate famously missed his shot.

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a match against Croatia for a place in the final on July 15.

"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament".

"It is unbelievable to be part of this World Cup so far and I get the feeling from the boys that we don't want to go home".

He was unable to walk and talk before his treatment but a week ago he spoke for the first time since his illness to say all he wanted was the World Cup when the treatment was over.

"We weren't aware of everything going on in the country as we were kept in a bubble", he said.

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And Kane is thrilled to be held up as the figurehead of the team, even if his pregnant fiancée can not be with him in Russian Federation to join the celebrations. We don't want to let anyone down. It's hard saying it because Dejan Lovren had a pretty good season but I do think it's an area where we have struggled for a while Harry would be an upgrade.

He was rewarded with two Leicester player of the year awards - from the players and the fans - but his rise to unlikely World Cup hero would not have been possible without Gareth Southgate.

Kane is mindful of the influence he now wields as one of the game's top stars, but the status is one he appears to embrace.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Thompson said: "I've been a big fan of Harry Maguire since his days at Hull City". In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage. It's fantastic because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England.

Several England players are understood to be sharing in the nation's rediscovery of terrace anthem Three Lions and it is no surprise that Maguire is among them. We also look ahead and dare to dream.

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