Harry Kane says he is fighting fit for England’s World Cup campaign after an injury-disrupted close to last season.

The Tottenham Hotspur forward will captain the Three Lions in Russia and is in form after finding the net in a 2-1 defeat of Nigeria on Saturday.

Having struggled with an ankle complaint at the tail end of the 2017/18 campaign, there were concerns Kane would not be fully fit for the World Cup.

He insists, though, that a productive training camp with Gareth Southgate will ensure he arrives at the tournament in fine fettle.

“I feel really good and training has been a high intensity,” Kane said. “Obviously everyone is fighting for places and that has pushed everyone along fitness wise.

“It’s been a tough camp and that’s what we all needed. It was good to get some minutes at the weekend and I am fully refreshed.”

Recent tournaments have provided little joy for England and it is perhaps a plus that they travel to Russia with a squad relatively unscathed by previous failures.

The 2014 edition of football’s biggest competition saw England crash out at the group stages and the less said about the debacle of Euro 2016 the better.

Kane insists the entire England squad is focused on the present and the shortcomings of more than half a century of failure will not weigh on their minds.

“The main thing is to believe it can be different,” he said. “It’s been tough because for the last 50 years we haven’t won anything. We’ve got to stay focused on ourselves and not worry about the teams of the past.

“We’re our own team and our own identity. We’ve got to enjoy the occasion and we can’t wait to get out there and get started.”

At the time of going to press, England were preparing for their final friendly game against Costa Rica before heading to the World Cup where they face group games against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium, starting with Tunisia next Saturday.