Harry Kane on why England are ‘hurt but stronger’ than they were at the World Cup, playing with ‘fearless’ Phil Foden… and the TV drama he aims to wrap up by the end of Euro 2020!
Harry Kane has described England’s current side as better than the team that reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals
The Tottenham striker led the Three Lions to the last four in Russia, where they were eliminated by Croatia, who will play in their Group D opener at the European Championship on Sunday.
Kane told the Official England podcast how much hurt the loss of the 2018 semi-final to Croatia hurt, as well as discussing the squad’s improvement since that tournament – including ‘fearless’ Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden – and playing for fans again at Wembley.
England captain Harry Kane (center) described the current Three Lions squad as stronger than the squad knocked out of the semi-finals by Croatia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Kane and Co will try to put the ‘pain’ of that loss behind them against Croatia in their Euro opener
About the semi-final three years ago, he said: ‘Of course it is a match that hurts. It’s a game we wanted to win, but things don’t always go the way you want in football. We just came up short at that point. Croatia is a great side. (Sunday) we will focus on stopping their threats and we will try to get the ball and create chances.
“I would say (we are a stronger team now). We’re probably in a better place. (During) that World Cup, we performed very well and seized the opportunity. We haven’t won a tournament in a long time so there has to be a good mindset all the way through because it’s a tough journey to get to the later stages of a big tournament.
“The tournament environment is difficult. You’ve been away from your family and friends for a long time, so we’re here to create a real brotherhood. There will be times when certain players are down and it’s about picking each other up, talking to each other and keeping each other focused.
“Probably most of us in this group won’t see a home tournament right now, this is the closest so it’s just to take it all in and use it to our advantage. Take the atmosphere to force us all the way. As your career progresses, it becomes normal (being a captain), but you still have to pinch yourself if you walk away.”
Kane also talked about how the creativity on the side could help him win another Golden Boot alongside City star Foden and how he relaxes off the pitch between games.
He added: “As a striker you help the team when you score. That’s always my goal, and to win matches. Of course I would like to win another Golden Boot. More importantly, I would love to win that European (Championship) Cup.
Kane also praised ‘fearless’ Manchester City star and international teammate Phil Foden (7)
“To be one of the best teams in the tournament you have to have a lot of depth and that’s what we have. We have a lot of competition for places and as a striker there are so many creative players who have positioned me and it’s a pleasure to play in. Looking forward to being there with the guys and whoever gets chosen will do a great job.
‘Fili is great. He loves football and being on the field, being on the ball and expressing himself. His game understanding and final product have improved and we all know how good he is when he dribbles past players. Phil may need a little help every now and then, but when he’s on the field, he’s fearless and just wants to play.
‘We have a cricket ground and we might play some golf, but it’s more around the hotel. Guys will play PlayStation and stuff like that, but I’m just getting started on Game of Thrones, believe it or not. I’ve got a nice little window to get that done and it’ll be ready before the end of the tournament.”