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‘Harry Kane is such a normal bloke… Like one of us that made it’

Chingford can’t quite believe it’s happening. That nice local lad a World Cup star

Idols, as England fans have learned from years of bitter experience, invariably have feet of clay, not golden boots. Harry Kane is different.

Despite every effort by fans to keep World Cup expectations on a simmer, Kane provokes eruptions of optimism: on the one hand, England haven’t won a tournament knock-out game since 2006 and face Colombia, a top-rated team, in their next one on Tuesday evening. On the other hand is Harry Kane: five goals so far, more than any other player including megastars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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