Euro 2020 - Harry Kane says he is ready to lead England to final after scoring twice in rout over Ukraine
Harry Kane dismissed his critics after scoring twice in the demolition of Ukraine at Euro 2020. England reached the semi-finals in stunning fashion with a 4-0 victory over Ukraine. Kane scored twice as he finally found his scoring groove. "There was a lot of talk about me and my performances. But I'm just ready for the next game," he said.
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England were unstoppable in the second half after Kane's early opener and the Tottenham star responded to those calling for him to be dropped by saying he was ready to lead the Three Lions to the final.
"It's where we wanted to be. We set out a vision before the World Cup of what we want to achieve. We are knocking it off step by step. The World Cup was great but we fell short, we had a good run in the Nations League. We're in another semi-final.
"Now it's about getting over the line, the next step that we have got to do on Wednesday.
We have more experience [than 2018]. We've been playing for our clubs in big games - Champions League finals, Premier League title races. We're looking confident. Hopefully we can continue that.
"The job is not done yet. There's a lot more football to play.
Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Ukraine and England at Olimpico Stadium on July 03, 2021 in Rome, Italy.
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"It's always nice to score early in a game. It's a great feeling to help the team. There was a lot of talk about me and my performances. But I'm just ready for the next game and try to lead this team to the European final."
Kane was denied the chance to grab a hat-trick by being taken off for a rest by Gareth Southgate, and the England manager was able to hook several key players after the goal spree in the second half.