ADAM Barrett is confident his former team-mate Harry Kane can fire England into the World Cup final.

The Benfleet-based Barrett, who is best remembered for his legendary spells with Southend United, played alongside the Three Lions skipper while they were both on loan at Leyton Orient back in 2011.

And Barrett is thrilled to see Kane on top form for the Three Lions.

“It was a long time ago now and Harry was very young but he was very down to earth and it’s great to see him doing so well now,” said Barrett.

“I think he’s a fantastic role model for us to have in this country now and the way he’s playing right now reminds me a lot of Alan Shearer.

“When we were at Orient you wouldn’t have thought he would go on to do so well but it’s down to his attitude.

“You don’t get to where he’s got to without hours and hours of hard work on the training ground and he’s now also scoring all types of goals.

“My memory is going now so I’m not sure how many he got against me in training but I probably did kick him a few times!”

However, it is not just Kane catching the eye of Barrett.

And the former Blues defender believes the national team has reconnected with the general public.

“I was a good age for Italia 90 and Euro 1996 and I remember the connection there was between the team and the fans back then and I think it’s come back again now,” said Barrett.

“I’m a big fan of Harry Maguire and I actually played against him when he was at Sheffield United.

“A lot of the players have played in the lower leagues and had spells out on loan but that’s great.

“I love the fact that Harry Maguire was cheering England on at a major tournament not so long ago and now he’s one of the key players. I’m really enjoying watching this England team and a lot of credit has to go to Gareth Southgate.”

England face Croatia in the semi-finals on Wednesday but Barrett - who is now first team coach at Millwall - is sweating on whether or not he will see the game.

“We’re going to Portugal for pre-season this week,” said Barrett.

“I just hoping we don’t miss the match!”