As the World Cup Kicks off this week Harry Kane has said he believes if England are to end their 52-year run without silverware, they need to believe it can be different.
England are only one of eight countries to win the cup that they last lifted 1966, after defeating Germany 4-2 when they hosted the finals. However since then they have struggled to recreate that success. They came fourth in Italy in 1990.
With a youthful squad picked by manager Gareth Southgate, the England captain is counting on his men not to dwell on their past record.
“The main thing is to believe it can be different, it’s been tough for the last 50 years because we haven’t won anything,” said Kane.
“For us [the key thing] is to stay focused on ourselves, not to worry about the teams in the past and things like that. We are our own team, we have our own identity and we just have to look forward and enjoy it.
“We can’t wait to get out there and get started.”
England have a dismal record in penalty shoot-outs, having been knocked out in 1990, 1998 and 2006 on penalties, something which Kane revealed they had been working on in the lead up to this campaign.
“We have been practising penalties, not every session, but every now and then the coaches will throw it in at the end of the session when we are maybe a little bit fatigued in games after extra-time, the lads are tired, that’s when it’s going to happen,” he added.
“Every now and then we’ve been doing it. We haven’t spoken about it too much, with that I think it’s about being free in your mind, picking where you want to go and go with it.”
England get their 2018 World Cup campaign underway against Tunisia on June 18th.