Good morning footy fans!
Harry Kane last night roared: We’re not afraid to say we can win the World Cup.
“We have to believe we can win it.
“I look back at England 10 or 15 years ago and it was almost like we were scared to say we wanted to win it.
“One of the big shifts we have made over the last four or five years with Gareth [Southgate] is not being afraid to say ‘we are going to this tournament to win it’ because we believe we can.
“It’d be wrong to think otherwise. What’s the point of going to a World Cup and believing you can bring the trophy home?
“It is going to be tough and we are going to have to work extremely hard and have a bit of luck and have things go our way but it is important not to be afraid to say that is what we are going there to do.”
Wales do not expect the World Cup to be a last hurrah for Gareth Bale.
Dragons captain and record goal scorer Bale, 33, will play in the first global finals of his career against USA, Iran and England.
And Wales boss Robert Page is planning for the Los Angeles FC star to still be in his squad for the Euro 2024 qualifiers next year.
When asked if 108-cap and 40-goal Bale will retire after Qatar, Page said: “He will carry on. I expect him to be there. I do.
“I will tell you why, irrespective of what is going on in his career, he is always there for Wales. Whether he is playing or not at club level he just loves playing for Wales.
“If we have two games back-to-back, I’ll say to him, ‘You’re not starting the second game, I’ll see how it goes and might need you late on’.
“But he will be the one going to me on the bench, ‘Get me on. I want minutes. I can affect the game.’ I am having to pull the reins on him. He just loves playing for Wales, especially in Cardiff.”
Erling Haaland will not take part in a warm-weather training camp with the rest of the Manchester City squad.
The club have arranged for all those not going to the World Cup to head to Abu Dhabi to maintain fitness levels.
However the 23-year-old will not be joining up with his team-mates after being called-up by Norway for friendly matches against Ireland and Finland, report the Daily Mail.
Haaland will then be given three weeks off to rest with manager Pep Guardiola reportedly encouraging his players to go on holiday.
The manager himself is set to spend some time away from Manchester visiting family in Barcelona.
But he is then expected to head to the warm-weather camp with a few senior players and youngsters not going to Qatar, such as Riyad Mahrez.
Marcus Rashford says Erik ten Hag has helped him rediscover his killer instinct ahead of the World Cup.
Now he wants to repay his boss by firing Manchester United back to winning ways at Fulham today in the Prem before he goes.
Rashford’s return to form saw him win a place in England’s squad, despite not having played for his country since the Euro final nearly 18 months ago.
Injuries and loss of form had some doubting at one stage whether he would even make the plane to Qatar.