Harry Kane admits actions speak louder than words for England

The striker failed to fire in the groups but has three in two knockout games

Nick Mashiter
Tuesday 06 July 2021 23:52
Euro 2020: Daily briefing

Captain Harry Kane admits talk is cheap and England must prove they can deliver at Euro 2020.

The Three Lions host Denmark in Wednesday’s semi-final with 60,000 fans due at Wembley and the expectation of a nation on their shoulders.

England have never reached the final of a European Championship and Kane knows actions speak louder than words.

“It’s a chance to go out there and prove it, we can talk as much as we want but the bottom line is we have to go out there and perform,” said the striker.

“We can go and be free, enjoy it, but have a real focus on trying to get through to the final.

“Whenever you are an England player stepping out into a major tournament every game is a high-pressure situation.

“I spoke after the Germany game about the pressure that was on us as a team to perform. We came through that well and, the further you go, we were expected to win the Ukraine game.

“But you still have to go out there and perform under that pressure. It’s part and parcel of major tournament football.

“A lot of us have been dealing with it at club level, Champions League finals, cup finals, so the squad is more experienced than what it was in 2018.

“It’s about performing on the matchdays, there’s a lot of talk going into this semi-final and it’s a chance for us to go one step further than we did in Russia in 2018.”

Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen has said Denmark believe they know how to silence Kane, who scored twice in the 4-0 quarter-final win over Ukraine.

But the 27-year-old feels he cannot be stopped if he is on top of his game.

Harry Kane, left, in action against Denmark's Andreas Christensen

He said: “To be honest, probably not. My game understanding in terms of what I need to do to not just help myself but the team is probably at its best in my career so far.

“It is not a problem. If you try and stop me then that’s OK because you have got other players who are just as good, who are going to cause problems.

“It is not the case where you stop me and you stop us as a team, we have plenty of threats, plenty of options, plenty of different ways of playing.

“I feel like when I am playing at my best I can score goals or provide assists against anyone.”

England lost to Denmark at Wembley less than a year ago, Christian Eriksen’s penalty giving the visitors a 1-0 Nations League win in October after Harry Maguire’s dismissal.

That followed a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen in September but Kane, who has three goals at the tournament, insisted those games will have no bearing on the Wembley showdown with a place in Sunday’s final at stake.

England v Denmark – UEFA Nations League – Group 2 – League A – Wembley Stadium

The Tottenham star said: “They have some great individual players but their biggest strength is them as a whole, their technical ability and mentality as a team. They don’t concede many goals, they score in a lot of games and they have a lot of good qualities.

“The two games in the Nations League were difficult, we were down to 10 men in one of them, we played well after that but didn’t have enough to get a result.

“We’re expecting a tough game but we have enough belief and ability in this squad that we feel, if we get it right on the night, we should be able to win.”

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