Published 08 June 2022 6 min read
England Men's Senior Team
Kane striving for better as World Cup looms
Three Lions captain targeting team improvement after securing a draw with Germany in the Nations League
Harry Kane stressed England still have improvements to make ahead of this year’s FIFA World Cup despite the Three Lions’ 1-1 draw away to Germany.
Ahead of the match at the Allianz Arena, manager Gareth Southgate stated Germany and Brazil remain the benchmark for other teams heading into the tournament in Qatar and Hansi Flick’s side impressed in Munich.
Jonas Hofmann's goal early in the second half looked as though it would inflict consecutive UEFA Nations League defeats on England, following Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Hungary.
But Kane’s impressive spot-kick in the final minutes secured a point and saw the Three Lions captain move to 50 goals for his country and ahead of the legendary Bobby Charlton in the all-time scoring list, with Wayne Rooney now just three ahead.
Kane said: “It was a really nice feeling (to score). I had a couple of early chances in the game and the first one went over the bar and (Manuel) Neuer made a good save for the second.
“I thought it might be one of those days. But we kept going, we probably played our best football in the last half-hour of the game. Physically, we were really strong. It was good to get the goal and just a shame we couldn’t nick it at the end.
“I love scoring goals, I’ve always loved scoring goals, especially for my country. Whenever I can help the team, that’s the most important thing. It’s good to bounce back with a result, it’s not an easy place to come. Now we’ve got two games at home to try to get two wins.
“It was really important to show the mentality. Even though we went 1-0 behind, it shows good character from us, away from home, to get back into the game and get a result. We were playing against a very good Germany side so it shows where we are.
“We’ve still got improvement but we’re working hard and the World Cup is going to be here before we know it so we’ve got to keep doing well.”
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