Kane: Shoot-out win boosts England's World Cup belief

After helping the Three Lions qualify for the quarterfinals of the World Cup, England captain Harry Kane hailed his side's character.

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring England's opening goal of the evening against Colombia.   -  Getty Images

Harry Kane feels England's first FIFA World Cup penalty shoot-out win will boost belief the Three Lions can triumph at Russia 2018.

Kane's spot-kick against Colombia had England on track for a first knockout win at a major tournament in 12 years, but Yerry Mina's 93rd-minute header sent Tuesday's last-16 tie to extra-time in Moscow.

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The England captain subsequently scored from 12 yards again as the match went to penalties, Eric Dier converting the decisive spot-kick after Jordan Pickford saved from Carlos Bacca.

Kane's six goals puts the striker two clear of Belgium's Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot, but the Tottenham man is more focused on England's World Cup chances.

"I'm so proud. We were so unlucky to concede in the last minute. It shows our togetherness and character," Kane told a news conference.

"These are the moments when you really see it. It's a big night for everyone. Obviously we knew that England's history with penalties hasn't been great. It was nice to get that one off our back.

"We have grown up a lot on that pitch tonight. Highs and lows, even in the penalty shoot-out."

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Giving England the lead from the penalty spot means Kane has scored in six consecutive games for England, matching a 79-year-old national record held by Tommy Lawton.

"Extremely proud," Kane said of levelling the record. "Hopefully this continues.

"I want to do better and do more. I want to help the team and we're just looking forward to the next game."

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