England's Jesse Lingard chats about his 'JL' celebration

Elena Summers
June 28, 2018

"That's when the work begins and I think the penny dropped with Jesse".

Kane's treble and two goals from John Stones, with Jesse Lingard also on the scoresheet, meant England joined Belgium on six points at the top of Group G ahead of the match between the two teams on Thursday. "We missed out on that opportunity but it would be harsh to criticize the players after a day like that, in the heat as well, so we must enjoy the win". The Manchester United legend was well aware of the Warrington-born player's abilities as he came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, and discussed his relatively late development on Robbie Savage's World Cup Breakfast for 5Live.

Kane's three goals moved him into the lead with five at this year's tournament, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku after two games.

"The third one is probably one of the luckiest ones of my career", said Kane, who took the game ball to the locker room. The best thing they gave us was perspective as fans no longer go into tournaments expecting. You can go away, play well for another club and think, "OK, this will do, I'll settle for this", or you think, "I like the taste of this. but it would be even better if I was playing for Manchester United".

Earlier, Kane told BBC TV he was "proud of the boys". We've been working hard at set-pieces, and it's nice to see them coming together. "It's a brilliant result, fantastic to be through and to do it in this way is great".

Not since the 4-2 victory over Germany in the 1966 final has England scored as many goals at the World Cup.

"We've been too negative for too many years" - so said Rio Ferdinand as he encouraged Lineker, Shearer and Lampard to embrace the positive nature of what England are doing. If you want to achieve anything in life you have to believe. I was always the last out of our group to get a game just because people develop at different times.

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