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Harry Kane gives his verdict on England’s World Cup qualification hopes after Poland draw

Harry Kane believes England remain firmly in control of proceedings in World Cup qualifying Group I despite dropping two points against Poland on Wednesday.

The Tottenham Hotspur captain broke the deadlock at the PGE Narodowy, but Damian Szymanski’s 92nd-minute strike salvaged a draw for the Poles.

England headed into the encounter boasting a 100% record in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign but failed to maintain a perfect qualifying cycle in Warsaw.

However, a draw on Wednesday night kept the Three Lions four points clear of second-placed Albania and Kane insists they are on course of reaching Qatar 2022, regardless of suffering late heartbreak.

He told the Independent: “It’s a tough one to take – I thought we handled the game well. It’s not an easy place to come and another tough game. We were seeing the game out well.

“Away from home sometimes the pressure builds and they put a good cross in and scored a good header, that’s football. It’s still been a great camp for us – we’re still four points clear with four games to go.

“There were a couple of rebounds and second balls, and it fell their way. We will learn from it and watch it back. There have been two tough away games in this camp, we’re still four points clear and we’re still in a great position.”

With four qualifying fixtures left to go, England look set for claiming a berth at the World Cup finals for the seventh time in a row.

Gareth Southgate’s men have lived up to expectations during this international window.

Before being held to a slightly disappointing stalemate in Warsaw, England swept aside Albania and Hungary by an identical 4-0 scoreline.

Kane found the back of the net in all three matches, taking his tally in the ongoing qualifying cycle to five, with just four players bettering his output so far.

The 28-year-old will be looking to translate his free-scoring international for when his Tottenham side take on struggling Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this weekend.

With club football set to reclaim the driving seat, Spurs remain the only club in the Premier League to have won all three league games this season.

Kane will be a key component as Nuno Espirito Santo’s team aim to snap a two-game winless away top-flight streak against cross-city rivals on Saturday.

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