Harry Kane has revealed he is staying away from social media in a bid to remain focused on keeping up his impressive start to the World Cup.
The Tottenham striker scored twice in England’s opening group game victory over Tunisia before netting a hat-trick in the 6-1 thrashing of Tunisia.
He was rested, as were many others, for the final group match defeat to Belgium with one eye on Tuesday’s Round of 16 clash with Colombia.
The 24-year-old has emerged as a contender for the tournament’s Golden Boot, particularly after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exited at the first knockout stage.
And Kane has revealed why he has been performing so well compared to his last major tournament, Euro 2016, when he failed to score a single goal for the Three Lions.
“For me, it’s stay away from the hype of it all,” Kane said (via BT Sport).
“I was so excited about the Euros, whether that was being on Twitter all the time, or being on news apps, or getting excited because you want to see what everyone’s talking about.
“I feel like it had a negative effect because I was reading too much, I was thinking too much.
“I feel like I’m at my best when I’m just free in my mind and I’m just playing football, so this tournament I’ve changed that, I’ve stayed off social media as much as possible.”
Kane was the subject of ridicule on social media after claiming a goal for Spurs against Stoke City towards the end of the domestic season.
But putting that aside seems to be helping his game in Russia – long may it continue.