Thursday 23 May 2019

How England captain Kane stood up against Sweden

The Three Lions are through to the World Cup semi-finals.

England’s Harry Kane celebrates after England book their World Cup semi-final place (Adam Davy/PA)
England’s Harry Kane celebrates after England book their World Cup semi-final place (Adam Davy/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

There was no goal for England captain Harry Kane in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden but celebrations aplenty as the Three Lions booked their last-four spot with a 2-0 win.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the captain fared in the contest in Samara.

Goal threat

Kane sent a low shot wide in the 19th minute when the ball came to him just outside the box via Raheem Sterling – and it proved the only time the striker had an attempt on goal in the game.

Other contributions

Kane used his strength to good effect at times (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP).

Kane demonstrated his passing ability on a number of occasions as England probed, and used his strength to good effect when required. Also, something interesting to note with regard to the first goal was replays appearing to show the skipper having a word with Harry Maguire – perhaps dispensing advice – just before the delivery of the corner that the defender powerfully headed home.

End of the hot streak

Kane has scored six goals at Russia 2018 (Tim Goode/PA).

This was Kane’s fourth appearance at the tournament and first in which he had failed to hit the net, as a six-game scoring run in internationals came to an end. With six goals in Russia, the Golden Boot race leader remains level at the top with Gary Lineker (Mexico 1986) in terms of most goals scored at a single World Cup by an England player.

Overall impact

Kane and England are through to a semi-final that will take place on Wednesday in Moscow (Adam Davy/PA).

Not the headline-maker on this occasion, but Kane certainly played his part in an impressive England display.

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