Harry Kane has revealed that Tom Cruise FaceTimed the England squad on Friday to wish them good luck in the final.

The Mission Impossible actor is thought to be a big football fan, and was keen to offer his support to the players ahead of their showdown with Italy.

Gareth Southgate’s squad were also treated to a special preview of the anticipated Top Gun sequel.


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Kane told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We actually had Tom Cruise get in touch yesterday evening, you get everyone who loves football.

“We were fortunate enough to watch one of his films, so I think he was over here in the UK and he just dialled in and FaceTimed us just to wish us the best as a group, so that was nice of him.

“The majority of people in the world love football, so it’s great to have all that support not just in England but across the world.

“It’s been a great time for all of us, we’ve enjoyed every moment of it so we’re just looking forward to hopefully finishing the job.”

Wayne Rooney, the country’s record all-time goalscorer, thinks England’s quality will see them through.

“I think we’re favourites,” he said in his column for The Times.

“Quality-wise England have enough and mentally you can see the players are in a good place.

“My one warning would be that we can’t get caught up in how Italy play, the way they’ll try and slow the game down. If I were Gareth I’d be telling the England players to get the ball down and play quick, keep the tempo high, keep the Italians working, tire them out.

“Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are great players – but not the quickest. I’m sure Gareth and Steve Holland will be looking at Alvaro Morata’s goal for Spain in Italy’s semi-final.

“It showed that if you can get bodies around those two great centre-backs, making sharp movements in behind them, they’re not comfortable.

“If England can get Raheem making his inside runs, and Harry and other quick players moving down their sides, Chiellini and Bonucci won’t enjoy it one bit.

“I honestly think if England can get their forward play right, we can have a field day. That today could – maybe should – be England’s day.”





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