Harry Kane sets England "big football nation" challenge ahead of Germany clash

Harry Kane has warned England must prove they are a “big football nation” by beating Germany.

Kane says it is time for England to rise to the challenge in a major tournament as he believes they have the right mentality but must show it on the pitch by going all the way in the Euros.

England face Germany in Tuesday’s last 16 showdown at Wembley which will evoke memories of Euro 96 when they lost to their old footballing enemies while they fell just short in the semi finals in the World Cup three years ago.

Three Lions captain Kane said: “I think belief is the biggest thing. We have a lot of individuals in this team who have huge self-belief in their own ability. When they get on the pitch, they want to get on the ball, they want to get it in tight areas and express themselves.

Harry Kane has called on his England team-mates to prove their worth in the last 16
Harry Kane has called on his England team-mates to prove their worth in the last 16

“As a team I think we’ve had good experiences – a few of us were in Russia and that was an amazing experience but we all want to go that one step further, so yeah I think that’s massive for us.

“Of course it’s easy talking now but we have got to go out there on Tuesday and prove it not only to ourselves but to everyone else as well because that is the only way you become a big nation, a big team, is to win these high pressure games.

“So whether it was Germany, France or Portugal or whoever it was, the mindset was the same – it is a big game in the knock-out stage and we will be ready for it.”

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Kane also insisted they are relishing meeting Germany and says the old rivalry will excite the players rather than scare them.

He added: “Germany are a great side, they are a tough side, but we’ve said all along if we want to win this competition, if we want to go far, we are going to have to beat the best teams. We are looking forward to it.

“We are going to assess Germany over this coming week and look at strengths and weaknesses and where we can exploit that, but for sure it is a game to be excited about, a game that we are all going to enjoy being involved in and hopefully we can come out on the good side of it.”


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