England captain Harry Kane has admitted that he and his team-mates will take inspiration from the Three Lions 1966 World Cup winning side, but at the same time Gareth Southgate’s side are eager to write their own history in Russia this summer.
England went into this World Cup with expectations at an all time low after years of underachievement at major tournaments, but Kane and company have united their nation by securing a place in just a third World Cup semi-final in their history.
“It’s amazing to meet any heroes from ’66 and it gives you so much inspiration,” Kane said in the post match press conference after his sides 2-0 semi-final win over Sweden.
“I’m proud to make ex-players proud. I’m sure it it’s bringing back memories for them and for Gary (Lineker) when he was in the semi-final. But look, we said we wanted to write our own history.
“Hopefully we can go one step further and get to the final.”
England will now face a talented Croatia side on Wednesday in the Luzhniki Stadium and whichever nation emerges victorious will face the winner of the Belgium and France fixture in the World Cup final next Sunday in Moscow.