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Cascarino suggests Harry Kane could be playing at his last World Cup
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Cascarino suggests Harry Kane could be playing at his last World Cup

Tony Cascarino has told talkSPORT (broadcast on 20/11; 07:36) that there is a chance that Harry Kane could be playing at his last World Cup as he reflected on how significant the tournament could be for a number of players.

This winter may be the curtain call for some of the greatest of all-time. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are surely unlikely to still be playing for their countries in 2026.

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Meanwhile, it was noted on talkSPORT that Kane is, as things stand, the one confirmed captain under the age of 30 at the tournament.

Elsewhere, Wales are ending a remarkable drought by being in Qatar. Obviously, they have not been involved in a World Cup since 1958. A similar run after this year will seem unthinkable to their players and supporters.

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And of course, Karim Benzema may have already played his final game at a World Cup. The Frenchman – who turns 35 next month – has now been ruled out with injury.

Could Kane be playing at his last World Cup?

Every player who will be involved in Qatar will therefore, want to savour the moment over the coming weeks. And with that, Cascarino suggested that even someone like Kane cannot assume that he will definitely be involved in 2026.

“One thing that we don’t look at, because there’s a four-year distance, which is a huge space of time between this World Cup and the next one, it might be Harry Kane’s last World Cup,” he told talkSPORT.

“We might say: ‘well, no it’s not. He could still play in four years’ time’. But football moves really quickly, and international football does. There’s no guarantee that Harry Kane that will be playing in the next World Cup.”

Kane will probably be aware that he can take little for granted. He is 29 now. So it is going to be difficult for the Tottenham talisman to hold onto his spot heading into the next tournament.

Having said that, Benzema has had some of the best seasons of his career in his early-to-mid thirties. So there is every reason to think that Kane can still be a world-class striker by the time the next tournament comes around.

Should he stay injury-free, there seems a very good chance that Kane will be in North America in less than four years.

But obviously, Gareth Southgate will now want every England player in Qatar to play as if they are never going to go to a World Cup again.

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