Harry Kane says it serves as a great motivation to believe he could follow in the footsteps of legendary English captain Bobby Moore by lifting the nation’s second major piece of silverware at Wembley on Sunday.
Captain Kane, who is two goals away from finishing as the top scorer at Euro 2020, says Sunday’s final against Italy is too close to being called and will be the biggest game of his career.
It’s been 55 years since Moore lifted the World Cup at Wembley, and Kane knows how much it means to the nation to have the opportunity to finish the barren race on Sunday.
The Tottenham striker says he and his team-mates will fight for all the players who have come in front of them but have not been in search of winning silverware for England when they play Italy on Sunday.
“Every time your name is mentioned in the same company as players like that, it only gives you motivation, gives you confidence,” Kane said.
“It will be an incredible achievement, we have all waited as long as players as public as people see us in the final. These are the opportunities to grab both hands.
“We have a great chance to win our second big trophy as a country. The players we have had over the years and produced, we are proud to represent them as well.
“We have to be excited about it, we have to enjoy it. We are all winners here, we all want to win. And we will need everything it takes to get the job done on Sunday.”
‘The biggest game so far in my career’
Kane admits winning silverware with England would surpass any achievement he could achieve at club level due to the long wait for success that this nation has had to endure.
The Spurs striker has experience of a major European final, losing the Champions League 2019 to Liverpool in Madrid, and is focused on ensuring that this time he wins the first major trophy of his career.
“It’s the biggest game of my career so far,” Kane added. “Probably the greatest game of all our careers.
“Doing something special with England would probably surpass everything at club level just because of the size, the long wait for a final, the long wait to win a trophy.
“At the moment it does not feel too different. We have returned to camp, in much the same routine as we have been in the last few games. A little nerves, a little excitement. As the game gets closer, you are more focused.”
Sky Sports News’ England man Rob Dorsett reports from St George’s Park as Gareth Southgate prepares for the country’s biggest game in 55 years with Italy standing in the way of Euro 2020 glory …
‘Fast forward to the biggest game ever’
Thursday was all about recovery from an England perspective. They divided the squad down the middle with the 13 who had not played against Denmark out in the grass. The 13 who had undergone a recovery session indoors, whether it was in the gym or the hydrotherapy pool, had massages and physio.
Gareth Southgate has been very keen to ensure that there was an emotional recovery for these players as well. The 120 minutes of the semifinals had an emotional as well as a physical drain for the players.
Friday is all about preparation and is the first time they are looking ahead and planning specifically with Italy in mind. It will be a really tough challenge against a team that has not lost an international match in 33 matches. It’s a really quick turnaround for England, the fastest they’ve had in the tournament.
Southgate will only have two training sessions with the full team available – Friday and Saturday – to get their tactical plan in place. Most agree, including myself, that Italy has been the best side throughout this tournament and this will be the biggest challenge Southgate has faced in its management career.
It’s certainly the biggest game the English players have ever been involved in – even those who have recently been involved in the Champions League final.
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