London – England’s chances of winning the Euro 2020 tournament this year have been boosted by the success of Premier League clubs in the Champions League and Europa League, says Harry Kane.
Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul on May 29 and several young members of England’s squad — such as Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Reece James and City’s, Phil Foden and John Stones — will be involved.
Manchester United, which features Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, has reached the Europa League final, where it will face Villarreal on May 26.
Kane, England’s captain, believes that can only help when the delayed European Championship starts on June 11.
“We have a lot of English players playing at the top of their game,” Kane told BBC Sport.
“That should only help us as a national side. You want them getting exposed to the biggest games around the world.”
England is among the favorites to become European champion and end the country’s long wait for glory.
England starts its campaign on June 13 against Croatia and will also face Scotland and Czech Republic in group play. All of those games will be played at Wembley Stadium.
England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals in 2018. Since then, manager Gareth Southgate has fast-tracked Mount, Foden and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
“Our group has grown stronger year-by-year,” Kane said. “We’ve got a good mix of experience and young talent and it’s important to have that, especially in a tournament environment.”
“I’m sure Gareth has got a bit of a headache of who to pick but that’s what we want, that’s the only way we’re going to be one of the best teams in the world.
“We had a great World Cup in 2018. We didn’t quite get over the line, so with the players we’ve got and the manager and the group of staff it’s a great opportunity for us and we’re excited for the challenge. We know it will be difficult but we’ve got enough ability to try and take it all the way.”
Kane, 27, is leading the Premier League in scoring this season but will again end up without a trophy and speculation is rife he might seek a move away from Tottenham.
“I’ve done so many things in the game but there’s still so many things in my head that I want to achieve,” he said.
“I spoke openly about (winning silverware). That’s the reason why I play the game, that’s why I became a footballer — to win and have those experiences with my team mates, lifting trophies and winning the biggest games.
“It hasn’t happened so far but I feel I’ve got plenty of time in my locker. I’m just looking forward and I’m sure they will come.”
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