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Kane’s perfect hat trick helps England toward World Cup

2021 Nov 13, 7:48, London
England's Harry Kane takes a shot at goal past Albania's Lorenc Trashi during the World Cup 2022 group I qualifying soccer match between England and Albania at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Photo: AP

Just when he is doubted, Harry Kane finds new ways to conjure the spectacular.

A right-footed scissor kick from the England captain did more than just complete a perfect hat trick against Albania after a header and left-footed strike. It completed a 5-0 victory on Friday that all but secured England’s place at the World Cup.

All that’s required to be sure of going to Qatar next November is a draw in the final qualifier on Monday away against San Marino — the world’s lowest-ranked team.

The 28-year-old Kane could well be rested after lighting up Wembley Stadium by taking his England tally to 44 goals, nine from catching Wayne Rooney’s national record. The striker, who has struggled for Tottenham this season, without a goal in five games, is now the record scorer in competitive matches for England, with 39 goals overtaking the retired Rooney.

This was an entertaining way for the English to sign off from Wembley in 2021, four months after they reached a first European Championship final here and lost to Italy.


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