Harry Kane vowed to do all he can to lead England to the Euro 2020 final after his brace helped them breeze past Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
Kane scored twice in a 4-0 win that booked England a semi-final against Denmark. It continued his return to form after going without a goal in the group stage. Now, he has three goals in the knockout stages, needing just two more to tie level with the leaders in the Golden Boot race – who have both been eliminated.
As captain of his country, Kane was always set to play a big role. Now with his form back on track, he is thrilled to be part of a jubilant moment for England.
He said on BBC One: “What a great performance in a big game.
“We were favourites; there was a lot of pressure and a lot of expectations. The performance was top-drawer. Another clean sheet, four goals, it was a perfect night for us.
“We’re building on [clean sheets]. We have a great unit here from front to back. It’s a vital part of winning games and tournaments.
“We’ve got a big semi-final coming up. We’re on the right path.
“It’s where we wanted to be. We set out a vision before the World Cup of what we want to achieve. We are knocking it off step by step.
“The World Cup was great but we fell short; we had a good run in the Nations League. We’re in another semi-final.
“Now it’s about getting over the line, the next step that we have got to do on Wednesday.”
England still have more to come
Gareth Southgate has guided England to semi-finals of consecutive major tournaments, having also done so at the 2018 World Cup.
Kane has been a part of both groups and believes the current crop have developed thanks to big-game experience. Now, he will be hoping they can be inspired by that in their last remaining hurdle before the final.
He said: “We have more experience [than 2018]. We’ve been playing for our clubs in big games – Champions League finals, Premier League title races. We’re looking confident. Hopefully we can continue that.
“The job is not done yet. There’s a lot more football to play.”
It took Kane just four minutes to get his first goal against Ukraine, which helped ease any tension among his teammates. In addition, it helped his own confidence.
As such, he is now dreaming of leading his country to the final.
He explained: “It’s always nice to score early in a game. It’s a great feeling to help the team.
“There was a lot of talk about me and my performances. But I’m just ready for the next game and try to lead this team to the European final.”
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