As they have one of the best leagues in the world, there is always pressure on the England national soccer team to perform in the World Cup. However, the English have been underwhelming in major tournaments over the past decades, grabbing their only World Cup trophy in 1966. Following a famous victory against West Germany in the final, they became world champions at home.
More recently, the Three Lions flamed out during the group stages of the 2014 World Cup, having finished at the bottom of group D after losses against Italy and Uruguay, as well as a goalless draw against Costa Rica. During Euro 2016, the English suffered a shocking 1-2 loss against Iceland in the round of 16, which resulted in the sacking of Roy Hodgson.
Nevertheless, England has a talented group of players, and if they can learn from mistakes in campaigns past, they could go deep in the upcoming 2018 World Cup.
England’s hopes during the 2018 World Cup will likely depend on the form of one Harry Kane. At 24 years of age, Kane is widely regarded as one of the best forwards in Europe. He finished as the top goal scorer in the English Premier League after the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with 25 and 29 goals, respectively.
Some even regard Kane as one of the best forwards that England has ever produced. In February 2018, he netted his 100th Premier League goal after converting a penalty in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool. Kane needed just 141 games to reach this milestone, and only England’s legendary striker Alan Shearer arrived at one hundred goals in the Premier League faster, having done so in just 124 league matches.