Harry Kane praises his teammates after scoring a brace in England’s quarter-final triumph

The Three Lions skipper has scored twice as Gareth Southgate’s side booked their places at Wembley in the Euro 2020 semi-finals, thanks to Ukraine’s 4-0 loss to Rome

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Harry Kane praised his England teammates for doing the Italian job after England beat Ukraine 4-0 in Rome on Saturday night.

The Three Lions swept their opponents in the quarter-finals, with Kane scoring twice as well as second-half goals from Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

Gareth Southgate’s team result puts them in the last four of Euro 2020, with a semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday at Wembley.

It follows England’s 2018 World Cup semi-final and marks a historic night for the national team as they reach the penultimate stage of the European Champions for the first time in 25 years.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Captain Kane was asked if he’s on top of the world, replying: “Absolutely. What a great performance in a big, big game.

“There was a lot of pressure on us of course, we were favorites to win this game, there was a lot of pressure on us.

“So playing like we did was the best. Another clean sheet, four goals, it was the perfect night for us.”

The victory confirmed the Three Lions’ record of yet to concede a goal in the tournament in their five games, which the forward is thrilled with, but he knows bigger things await him.

It took Kane four minutes to get on the scoresheet


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“This is what we build on, we don’t get carried away,” said the 27-year-old.

“We have a great unit that works back and forth, that works hard for the team.

“It’s a vital part of winning matches and winning tournaments.

“Of course we have a big semi-final ahead but we are on the right track.

“We will work hard, recover well, and then we will look forward to the semi-final.”

Three years ago in Russia, Kane endured heartbreak as England lost to Croatia in the semi-finals, and wants to do better next time against the Danes.

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“This is where we want to be,” he said of the semi-finals.

“We left for a pre-World Cup vision of what we wanted to achieve and where we want to go and take this team.

“We are doing it step by step. Of course the World Cup was great, but we did not succeed.

“We had the Nations League and a good race there and now another semi-final, but now it’s about crossing the line, taking the next step on Wednesday.”

So what has changed between today and today?

“More experience,” Kane revealed.

“A lot of us in our clubs’ biggest games, the Champions League, the semi-finals, the Premier League title races.

“So we look confident and I hope we can continue on this path.

“The job is not done yet, we have a lot more football to play but like I said we are on the right track.”

Commenting on his third goal of the tournament, Kane added: “Yeah, it’s always nice as a forward to score early in the game.

“It’s always a great feeling to help your team.

“There has been a lot of talk around me and my performance but like I said I’m ready for the next game, help this team get to the European final.”

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