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Hat-trick hero Harry Kane reveals secret to his penalties

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England captain Harry Kane revealed that the secret behind his accuracy from the penalty spot is down to constant practice.

Kane scored two second-half penalties to complete his hat-trick as England blew away Bulgaria 4-0 during Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.

The Tottenham attacker had, in fact, set things in motion by scoring a 24th-minute opener. He then put away his first spot-kick just four minutes into the second-half after Marcus Rashford fell in the area.

Kane later turned provider for Raheem Sterling to treble England’s advantage before beating Bulgaria keeper Plamen Iliev from the spot again to complete his hat-trick.

When quizzed on the secret behind his accuracy from the spot, Kane told ITV: “Hard work, practice.

“We do a lot during the week and then the day before the game I and a few of the other boys will do quite a bit.

“If I feel like I’m in a good place it could be 10 or 15 (penalties each day); it depends on how I feel on the day.

“In a team like this with such explosive players, we’re always likely to get penalties, so whoever’s on the pitch should be ready to take them.”

Kane has now scored 33 times out of 39 attempts from the penalty spot throughout his entire career.

The 26-year-old’s impressive penalty-taking ability also drew praise from England manager Gareth Southgate, who advised young footballers to look no further than Kane when it comes to practising spot-kicks.

“He has an incredible process,” he told ITV.

“We watch him do it every day. He took a lot yesterday and we were very confident when we were sat on the bench.

“It’s a brilliant example for any youngster for mastering a technique because you can see the way he composes himself that it’s very difficult for goalkeepers to know where he’s going to put them.”

England sit top of Group A in their qualification campaign on nine points from three games. Next, they will welcome Kosovo, who sit one point behind them in second, at St Mary’s on Tuesday.

Although there won’t be any Jesse Lingard for the match after the Manchester United midfielder withdrew from the squad on Saturday.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Harry Kane of England scores his team’s second goal from the penalty spot.