Harry Kane admits England had 'point to prove' against Albania after Hungary draw

By Sean Walsh
Kane grabbed a hat trick as England beat Albania 5-0
Kane grabbed a hat trick as England beat Albania 5-0 / Clive Rose/GettyImages

England captain Harry Kane has admitted the Three Lions had a 'point to prove' after drawing 1-1 with Hungary last month.

The flat draw at Wembley meant England needed four points from their final two games to secure qualification to the World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side responded in emphatic fashion by thrashing Albania 5-0, with all five goals coming in the first half, and Kane revealed the camp was motivated by their failings last time they were together.

"Incredible performance. The pressure was on a little bit, we needed this result today off the back of the [Hungary] game. We didn't finish how we wanted to," Kane told ITV.

"I can't credit the lads enough and a great step closer to qualifying.

"Whenever you put on an England shirt, you want to do everyone proud. We maybe had a little point to prove after the last game - we didn't perform to the standards we know we can. We came out on fire and got the three points."

Kane has scored just one Premier League goal with Spurs so far this season, but grabbed a hat trick on a memorable night at Wembley, admitting his delight at his own performance.

"Absolutely, whenever I get chances I feel like I'm going to score. There were quite a few today, I could have scored six on another night," he added.

When asked for his thought on the news that Southgate is set to sign a new two-year deal as England boss, Kane said: "I said yesterday I know a lot of the lads love Gareth, we want him to stay as long as possible.

"He'll enjoy tonight, we'll enjoy tonight, let's get a result on Monday and then we can enjoy a fantastic year."