London: English professional footballer Harry Edward Kane who plays as a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, Kane is known for his prolific goalscoring record and ability to link play.
The 27-year-old views the Wembley decider as an opportunity to be remembered in history as England bid to win a maiden European title. Kane chatted to EURO2020.com about the final, how England’s mindset has changed and how he’s planning to handle Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
“To be playing at Wembley makes the occasion even bigger and even more special. To have our own fans there singing and edging us on – the energy is going to be amazing. So there will be no better place to win our second major trophy than at Wembley again,” Kane said.
He added, “It’s a great moment in our history as a nation. The excitement is going to be through the roof; I’m sure there’ll be a few nerves as well. It’s just about going out there and feeding off all that energy in the stadium and the crowd and trying to use that to our advantage.”
In 1966, obviously, England won the World Cup and it was such an amazing achievement as a team and as a country. The fans are so behind us, every tournament they’re pushing us and willing us to get far and this has been no different.
Now we have that opportunity to create even more history, and [for] our parents and family members who’ve never seen England in a final before – and I know that goes across the whole country.
It’s a special moment to be in and if we can finish the job and win, then obviously we’ll be remembered in history for the rest of our lives. That’s the challenge we have, so we’ll have to go and take it.
“I said before the game [against Denmark] that there’s a lot of questions about whether we’d learn from past experiences, from 2018. I said I feel like this squad have. We’re in a better place mentally, dealing with those types of games. But it’s about performing on the pitch and we definitely showed that. It was the first time we went behind in the tournament, the first goal we’d conceded,” he further said.
It’ll be a tough game. Italy are a great side. They’ve got a great history of winning major tournaments as well. They’ve got great experience in the team, they’ve got great individuals, but collectively they have a real togetherness. It’s going to be a tough battle, but you know we’ve got more than enough in our team to win.
We just have to be focused on ourselves, take care of all the preparation, and go into that game with the mindset we’ve taken into every other game: that we are capable of winning. In big games, in major finals, it’s fine details that get you over the line, and we need to make sure they’re in our favor.