The striker scored twice to lead the Three Lions to their second consecutive semifinal in a major tournament
Harry Kane says England will be inspired by their 2018 World Cup semi-final loss as they can now look forward to another chance to advance to the final of an international tournament.
Kane scored two of England’s four goals on Saturday when the Three Lions crushed Ukraine 4-0 to discuss a deal with Denmark in the final Euro 2020 series.
By winning the match, England will move to a final against Italy or Spain, but Kane says this team knows how difficult it is to get out of a semi-final after falling to Croatia just three years ago in the World Cup. .
What was said?
“Fantastic performance from everyone,” said Kane, who passed within the first five minutes of the half. A perfect evening, a perfect start. Ukraine created some problems for us in the next few minutes.
“But we came out with fire after the break and after that we kept the ball well. We are on the right track. What a moment to be involved. We have to recover now and take the confidence in the game.”
He continues: ‘We know how painful it is not to go to the final. We have a vision of where we want to be, and that’s winning a tournament. We want to make the fans, our friends and family proud.
“What a moment for us as a team and as a nation. This is an opportunity we must seize with both hands.”
Southgate opens up for choices
Manager Gareth Southgate was the target of criticism after he decided to start Jadon Sancho ahead of Jack Grealish.
The Aston Villa man fueled England’s round of 16 wins over Germany, scoring both goals in the 2-0 win.
Sancho, meanwhile, played sparingly, but it was the newly signed man from Manchester United who joined Kane and Raheem Sterling in the attack.
And Southgate says such decisions make his job so difficult because he feels he has a group of players who can act when he appeals.
“The players were fantastic. Playing just as well as in a match with so much rest on it was impressive,” he told BBC One.
“It’s a strange feeling. I think of the guys we did not get on the field – Conor Coady, Ben Chilwell, Sam Johnstone, Aaron Ramsdale, they are the ones who make this team successful. The spirit in the group is phenomenal.
“Whoever comes in does the work, whoever is not – it’s really hard to let three out of the match group – the group mentality is fantastic. It’s highest in my mind to look after the guys.
“I spend more energy worrying about the three I have to leave out because they are all good players. None of them deserve to be left out. They all give everything in training. It’s nothing because I do not ‘think’ not they are on the level but we have to make the decisions.
“We have to make the right call for the right game with the right system. All the players were brilliant, tonight up to the group they were fantastic.”