Croatia can deal with Harry Kane after 'stopping Messi'

Harry Kane praised for response to Ben Williams

Croatia became only the second team to win successive penalty shootouts at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Argentina in 1990, when they overcame Russian Federation 4-3 on Saturday to follow up their win over Denmark in the previous round.

"Last Thursday, I was approached by somebody at the station who asked me if I knew I looked like Harry Kane".

Heartwarming yearbook photos show Harry Kane lifting trophies years before his World Cup success.

Kane is two goals clear in the race for the Golden Boot, the England captain having fired the Three Lions into their first semi-final since 1990.

Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham then threw him a celebration to mark the end of his treatment in which he was presented with a certificate and the replica. He labeled Ben an "inspiration", and encouraged him to "Carry on fighting and we'll do everything we can on Saturday to keep a smile on your face #BensWorldCup".

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Ben, dressed in a full England strip with a medical tube up his nose, holds the cup aloft in front of a CT scanner in a film that has reduced many to tears and the hashtag #Bensworldcup is trending worldwide.

Kane, who is the top goal scorer at the global showpiece in Russian Federation with six goals, feels reaching the final can inspire their next generation to keep dreaming big.

A former schoolmate said: 'They were both good students and sporty, with Harry playing football and cricket, and Katie doing athletics and netball. He's better than John Stones when it comes to passing it out from the back.

Croatia's shoot-out victory over Russian Federation was their second straight win on penalties at the World Cup, after they beat Denmark in the same fashion in their last-16 tie. We've resorted to washing it overnight while he's been in bed. "We have to continue like this".

Before receiving treatment for a brain tumor, Ben Williams was unable to walk or talk, but last week he made one request - his very own World Cup!

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