England captain Harry Kane believes that his current form for the club will not have a bearing on his focus on helping England qualify for the World Cup. Kane has managed just one goal in the league this season and has failed to score in five games in all competitions. England takes on Albania at Wembley with a victory needed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar next year.

“From my point of view, it’s easy for people to make an excuse when you’re not on form or scoring as many as you usually do and that’s where it’s important for my own self-belief, for my own mentality, just to work harder,” England captain Harry Kane said. “That’s always been my approach, whether I’m doing really well or the goals don’t quite come – is to work hard and train hard for the team and that’s what I’ve done my whole career.”

“I think it’s a game that we definitely want to win,” he added. “We need four points from these two qualifiers so the quicker you can get three on the board, the better. A win would put us in a better position for the San Marino one. We expect a really tough game. Albania still has the chance to qualify for the World Cup and we know they’ll bring a lot of energy and passion to the game so we need to make sure we match that.”

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