Captain Harry Kane says England’s bid to end their World Cup drought stretching back over half a century will not be undone by a divided squad.
The 24-year-old striker said there were no cliques within the squad that flies out to Russia later on Tuesday seeking to emulate their 1966 predecessors in lifting the trophy.
Both Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard claimed the reason they and the others who made up the so-called ‘golden generation’ fell short at successive finals was they could not shake off their different club rivalries when they joined up with their England team-mates.
Kane, though, told the English daily newspapers this is not the case with the present group under Gareth Southgate — as many of them have played with each other at Under-21 level.
“It’s not something we’ve had to deal with really — we all get on very well and have come through the ranks together,” said Kane.
“We definitely don’t have that divide in the team any more.” he added.
Kane and England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd next Monday, followed by dates with Panama and Belgium.