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Harry Kane "proud" to inspire next generation with World Cup run

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England striker Harry Kane says that he wants the next generation of players to be inspired by the Three Lions' run to the World Cup semi-finals.

Harry Kane has called on his England teammates to "finish the job" by lifting the World Cup in the hope of inspiring the next generation of players.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker has played as big a part as any in the Three Lions' run to the semi-finals, netting six times to lead the Golden Boot race.

Kane will now become the first player to captain England in the last four of a World Cup since Terry Butcher at Italia '90, and just the third ever following the winning side of 1966, with Croatia standing between Gareth Southgate's men and a dream final against one of France or Belgium.

Speaking to reporters in the aftermath of the 2-0 win against Sweden in the quarter-finals, Kane said: "It's amazing to meet any heroes from '66 and it gives you so much inspiration, obviously it's been a long time since England have done well in a major tournament.

"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament. It's amazing because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England. So to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud.

"No-one wants to go home. Everyone wants to finish the job and we are excited to try and do that. We want to be here till the end. We are one step closer to what is the biggest game in football as a professional."

England lost on penalties to West Germany in their most recent World Cup semi-final 28 years ago.

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