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Published 30 June 2021 3 min read
England Men's Senior Team

'Ready for the next one'

Written by:

Tom Dean

England skipper Harry Kane on the importance of self-belief and prospect of Ukraine in the next round

Harry Kane says he never had any doubt that he’d be back among the goals after scoring in England’s 2-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday night. 
The Three Lions’ skipper carries an indelible stamp of self-belief that enables him to focus purely on the task at hand, and of late that has been securing a spot in the UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-finals. 
After leading Gareth Southgate’s team out, the Tottenham Hotspur ace scored his 35th international goal, and first of the tournament, to seal a last-eight tie with Ukraine on Saturday. 
And there was never any question in his mind whether he’d be the man to create lifelong memories for himself, his family, the crowd and the entire nation watching on. 
“As a striker you want to score everyday but I don’t get too carried away if I’m scoring loads or if I’m not scoring - I just try and stay in the moment,” Kane said, speaking on Wednesday’s episode of Lions’ Den. 
“You might miss a couple of chances but I always have belief in myself - you just have to be ready for the next one. 
“Jack [Grealish] put a great ball in and I just managed to adapt my body a little bit and then once that ball hits the back of the net it’s just pure elation and joy. 
“Seeing Wembley like it was and being part of the celebrations was just amazing - those are the moments that stick with you forever.”
30 Jun 2021

Kane on Lions' Den

Kane sits down to reflect on a memorable night at Wembley

Kane and his team-mates now face the prospect of playing their first game away from home when they face Ukraine in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico but victory would see them return to Wembley for the semi-final and final. 

The striker was clearly still buzzing while reflecting on the monumental win over Germany but also acknowledged that England’s next test would be more of a mental one - one he’s more than ready for nonetheless. 

“This is more about the mental aspect, getting back down off that high and coming back down to earth. It will be a tough game, in a different stadium which is something we’ve not done yet in this tournament,” said the 27 year old. 

“We have a vision of where we want to be and it’s not just winning one-off knockout games. It’s about going all the way and we are going to need everyone if we are going to go all the way. 

“We won’t have that same energy inside the stadium like we did at Wembley but we’ve kind of got used to playing at club level with no fans - we’ll have to manage that ourselves on the pitch.”

Kane rounded off his Lions’ Den experience by performing another masterclass, this time with a golf club, and winning fan Ali a signed shirt, ball and entry into a bundle EE giveaway.