Harry Kane says he's hit fit and ready to go for World Cup after FIFA mistakenly list his weight wrong

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Harry Kane says he's at his "fighting weight".

Harry Kane insists he is in peak condition for the World Cup after the FIFA website mistakenly listed his weight as 15-and-a-half stone.

The England captain says he is at his “fighting weight” for the tournament in Russia this month, around 89 or 90 kilos rather than the 96 kilos that FIFA stated.

“The lads came over to me yesterday afternoon and said my weight had been put at 96 kilos,” Kane said at the England media day, broadcast on Sky Sports HQ.

“I don’t know if it’s been changed but I’m definitely not 15-and-a-half-stone.

“I’m normally about 89 or 90 kilos. We weigh most days when we get up and that’s normally my fighting weight.”

Kane says he is 100 per cent fit heading into the tournament after suffering a few injuries for Tottenham last season.

“I feel really good and training has been of a high intensity,” he added.

“Obviously everyone is fighting for places and that has pushed everyone along fitness-wise.

“It’s been a tough camp and that’s what we all needed.

“It was good to get some minutes on the weekend and I’m fully refreshed.”

England failed to get out of the group stages in Brazil four years ago, but Kane says Gareth Southgate’s squad will not be thinking about past World Cup failures.

“The main thing is to believe it can be different,” he said.

“It’s been tough because for the last 50 years we haven’t won anything.

“We’ve got to stay focused on ourselves and not worry about the teams in the past.

“We’re our own team and our own identity. We’ve got to enjoy the occasion and we can’t wait to get out there and get started.”

England start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.

The group also includes Belgium and Panama, and Kane revealed that the England squad have been practising penalties before the tournament.

“We haven’t been doing it every session,” Kane said ahead of Thursday’s warm-up friendly with Costa Rica in Leeds.

“But just now and then the coaches will throw it in at the end when we’re a little bit fatigued.

“That’s obviously when it’s going to happen at the end of extra-time when the lads are tired.

“We haven’t spoken about it too much because it’s about freeing your mind. Just pick where you want to go and go with it.”

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Sergio Ramos plays tricks on Diego Costa during Spain World Cup photocall

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Hello there! Ramos creeps up behind Costa.

Spain captain Sergio Ramos was wreaking havoc in the La Roja pre-World Cup photocall earlier after he was pictured pestering Diego Costa, who was sat down just in front of him.

The skipper took his pride of place in the centre of the photo while Costa had a seat, but that didn’t stop Ramos clipping Costa’s ear and sharing a joke with the Atletico Madrid star.

Check out the pictures from their Las Rozas de Madrid sports city base.

Spain's defender Sergio Ramos (TOP) jokes with Spain's forward Diego Costa (R) as they pose for the squad official photo before a training session at Las Rozas de Madrid sports city on June 5, 2018. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

The two team-mates share a joke.


Spain's national football team squad pose at Las Rozas de Madrid sports city on June 5, 2018. (Back L-R) Spain's forward Iago Aspas, Spain's defender Dani Carvajal, Spain's midfielder Saul Niguez, Spain's goalkeeper Pepe Reina, Spain's goalkeeper David de Gea, Spain's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, Spain's midfielder Marco Asensio and Spain's forward Rodrigo Moreno (center L-R) Spain's midfielder Isco, Spain's defender Gerard Pique, Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta, Spain's coach Julen Lopetegui, Spanish Royal Footbal Federation (RFEF) president Luis Manuel Rubiales, Spain's defender Sergio Ramos, Spain's defender Sergio Busquets, Spain's forward Rodrigo Moreno, Spain's midfielder Thiago and Spain's defender Nacho Monreal (front L-R) Spain's defender Alvaro Odriozola, Spain's defender Nacho, Spain's defender Cesar Azpilicueta, Spain's defender Jordi Alba, Spain's midfielder David Silva, Spain's midfielder Koke, Spain's forward Diego Costa and Spain's forward Lucas Vazquez. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Ready for action: The Spanish World Cup squad.

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Barcelona midfielder, Juventus defender and Man City forward headline Adopted Nations XI

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Raheem Sterling saw action against Nigeria.

Not every sportsperson dreams of representing the country of their birth.

This is certainly true at the World Cup, where nations will utilise the best players available to them – no matter where they are from.

Here is our select side for this summer’s edition who are drawn from the relevant diaspora and immigrant populations across the globe.


Yassine Bounou (Morocco via Canada)


The giant goalkeeper swapped the temperate Canada of his birth for the searing deserts of Morocco as a small child.

This switch to a football-obsessed country worked wonders. After appearing for Moroccan powerhouse Wydad Casablanca, he was swiftly picked up by Atletico Madrid B in 2012.

Regular first-team football would be earned at Girona where his 341 saves in 2017/18’s La Liga was the ninth most in the competition.

Pepe (Portugal via Brazil)


One of European football’s great hatchet men was born more than 7,000 kilometres away in Brazil.

Pepe would move across the Atlantic as a teenager in 2001. From there, his athleticism and determination would take him from Maritimo, to Porto and a decade at Real Madrid from 2007-17.

The centre-back has not looked back since being naturalised 11 years ago, Euro 2016’s triumph the obvious highlight.

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal via France)


This is a real case of someone slipping the net for France.

The imposing centre-back’s early promise saw him pick-up 11 caps for France Under-20s from 2011-12. Perhaps his subsequent move to Belgium’s Genk took him off the radar, with Senegal taking advantage of his parental links to play him from 2015 after starring for Napoli.

Embarrassingly, France scouted him for Euro 2016 duty despite his lack of availability.

Mehdi Benatia (Morocco via France)


Benatia had the option to play for three nations – France of his birth, Algeria of his mother and Morocco of his father.

This conflict for the refined centre-back’s services saw him represent both France and Morocco at youth level, before selecting the latter a decade ago.

This choice would have real pertinence for the Atlas Lions – the Juventus star’s goal last November helped end a 20-year wait for a World Cup spot.

Mario Fernandes (Russia via Brazil)

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The right-back’s record reads like a relic from a bygone era when international commitments changed with the wind.

A cap was earned for his native Brazil in 2014, three years after he’d rejected an initial call-up because of “personal problems”.

He’d already moved to CSKA Moscow by this stage. Forgotten by the Canarinha, naturalisation from Russia would lead to him adopting new national colours after 2017.

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia via Switzerland)


How Switzerland must rue the loss of one of the world’s best midfielders.

Rakitic was born in Mohlin to a Croatian family. Caps followed for the phenomenally talented starlet for the Swiss at Under-21 level, but by 2007 he would be handed a full debut by the nation of his parents.

The subsequent sight of Barcelona’s Rakitic and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric twinned together has been beautiful to behold.

Thiago (Spain via Italy)


Born in Italy to a World Cup 1994 winner with Brazil, but forged in Spain – this is the story of the joyously talented Bayern Munich centre midfielder.

Thiago would flit between nation and club in his youth, two stints at Rio de Janeiro-giants Flamengo ultimately ending with a move to Barcelona.

But his international commitments have never wavered, representing Spain with distinction from the U-17s to the seniors.

Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal via France)


Talent was never the issue when the rampaging left-back was first called up by Portugal’s U-21s in 2013.

A significant language barrier meant the Le Blanc-Mensil native barely spoke a word of his adopted nation’s language after being raised using the French of his mother.

This did not hold him back. Guerreiro was exceptional as Euro 2016 was claimed, earning a move to Borussia Dortmund.

Raheem Sterling (England via Jamaica)

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Just like the electric John Barnes 30 years ago, Sterling has gone from Jamaica to the England side via an explosive stint at Liverpool.

Sterling then emigrated to London as a youngster and played for Queens Park Rangers. A breakthrough on Merseyside would lead to a monster move to Manchester City.

The forward has been in the England system since the U-16s and will be key to their summer hopes.

Diego Costa (Spain via Brazil)


A warrior born within Brazil’s interior could lead the line in bullish fashion for Spain in Russia.

Costa needs little introduction after his belligerent and productive exploits at Atletico Madrid (twice), plus Chelsea. He appears the antithesis of the patient ‘tiki-taka’ that delivered such glory from 2008-12, but successive regimes have tried to weld him into the Spanish system.

Whenever he’s on the pitch, entertainment, scandal and goals follow.

Pione Sisto (Denmark via Uganda)


It is safe to say that Sisto will have no memories of when he was a resident of Uganda.

His parents of South Sudanese-extraction would head to Denmark when he was aged just two months.

From there, the creative left winger’s excellent displays at Midtjylland would lead to La Liga’s Celta Vigo and the full Denmark side.

Himself and Christian Eriksen represent a supreme production line.

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