Harry Kane has promised to tackle the World Cup head on, embracing his responsibilities as the team's leader in his naturally modest fashion, and is as likely to be your grandmother's hero this summer as a die-hard England supporter's.
The Tottenham striker goes into the World Cup having never won a major trophy at club level, however, and was asked by Russian journalist whether the golden samovar he was presented with at England's training base was his "first trophy". With the Three Lions keen to win the ball ahead of the half-way line, and using Sterling, Kane, Lingard and Dele Alli's ruthlessness on the counter may reduce the chance of being dragged into midfield battles with likely knockout opposition, Poland and Germany.
I think if England make the quarter-finals then he's got something really exciting to work with.
While Ronaldo's performance wasn't enough to secure a victory, he single-handedly dragged his team to a draw against one of the tournament's favourites with his three goals. My game won't change. I still look to push myself, to push other players, and I hope my team-mates can now look at me as someone they can talk to.
"Everything in his game has improved over the last few seasons".
Kane's challenge of winning the Golden Boot by topping the scoring charts in Russian Federation already appears a tall order following Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain.
Many supporters argue the extra burden of the captaincy is a pressure Kane could do without given his terrible form at the last major tournament for England despite his phenomenal goalscoring feats for Spurs since.
"If Harry Maguire plays, we need an improvement from the Costa Rica game". I've met many of them and lots have stories from tournaments going way back. Hopefully I'll continue scoring more goals into this World Cup, for sure'.