Harry Kane compares England’s Euro 2020 side with World Cup 2018 semi-finalists

Harry Kane believes England are a stronger side now than the one that reached the World Cup semi finals in 2018.

The Three Lions go into this summer's Euros as one of the favourites to win – and Kane believes all the hype is justified.

Gareth Southgate had led England to fourth in the official world rankings and Kane reckons there is more talent and experience in the group since that wonderful run to the last four in Russia.

Kane said: "I'd say so. And we're probably in a better place. Going into that World Cup, we maybe weren't sure where we were as a team, but we performed really well and stepped up to the occasion.

"I feel like now we've had a bit more experience, players in the biggest games for their clubs and obviously players who have played in that World Cup, have had that experience as well.

"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."

Kane won the Golden Boot in Russia – and is backing himself to win another one at the Euros.

The England captain said: "As a striker, if you are scoring, you are helping the team. That's always my aim and to win games.

"Of course, I’d love to win another Golden Boot. More importantly, I'd love to be lifting that European Cup.

"Whatever way we get there, whether it's me scoring or others, it doesn’t bother me as long as we are winning games, that’s all I care about.

"That’s why we play football on the highest stage, to be involved in the biggest games and be in pressure situations."

Kane insists it will be important for the squad to relax between games – and has revealed Southgate's stars will turn to golf, cricket and computer games at St George's Park in their downtime.

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  • He added: "We've got a cricket pitch and we might get a bit of golf in, but it's more around the hotel.

    "Boys will be playing PlayStation and things like that, but I've just started 'Game of Thrones', believe it or not.

    "I've got a nice little period to finish that off and it'll be finished before the end of the tournament. During the World Cup I was on the PlayStation, but I've got three kids now, so I struggle to find the time.

    "I might take it and have the odd game of 'Fortnite', but not as much as I used to, that's for sure."

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