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HARRY KANE: England are better equipped for Euro 2020 than World Cup

 

Harry Kane insists England are better equipped for Euro 2020 Championship than they were for their run to the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

The Three Lions begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Group D rivals Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.

The same opponents ended England’s World Cup hopes three years ago but both squads have changed since.

Captain Kane, who won the golden boot in Russia, feels England are now better suited for tournament football having gained more experience for club and country since their agonising exit in Moscow adding to Kane's stance that 'England are better equipped for Euro 2020'.

“I feel like we are in a good place. We know there is still a lot of hard work that goes into it. We don’t just turn up and win the tournament.

"We haven’t won a tournament as a country for a long, long time, so there needs to be a lot of good mentality along the whole way as it is a long, tough journey to get to the later stages of a major tournament.

“Obviously there’s a bit more pressure on us this year than there was going into that World Cup, so we just have to take it in our stride and look forward to the challenge.”

 

Fresh faces provide better depth for England at Euro 2020 - Harry Kane

 

The likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho will be experiencing international tournament football for the first time.

Kane is now an elder statesmen of a 26-man squad that has just three players over the age of 30 and he believes the depth of talent and the balance in experience levels gives England a good chance.

“I’m only 27 years old, but I feel like one of the older ones and I am one of the older ones in the team", he added.

“We’ve got players who have been playing in the best games, the biggest games, cup finals and we have a great team. To be one of the best teams in the tournament, you have to have great depth in positions and that’s what we have got."

Kane sat out the final warm-up friendly as Marcus Rashford’s penalty earned a 1-0 win over Romania in Middlesbrough.

The squad will reconvene at St George’s Park to prepare for the Croatia game, with Kane already planning how to spend his downtime.

“We’ve got a cricket pitch and we might get a bit of golf in, but it’s more around the hotel,” he said. “Boys will be playing PlayStation and things like that, but I’ve just started Game of Thrones, believe it or not."


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