Kane eyes Nations League glory for England

Harry Kane
SEVILLE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 15: Harry Kane of England looks on during the UEFA Nations League A group four match between Spain and England at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

England captain Harry Kane believes glory at the inaugural UEFA Nations League will put them in good stead for Euro 2020

Gareth Southgate’s side booked their spot in the finals by claiming a dramatic 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Croatia at Wembley to top Group A4.

England finished above Spain and Croatia with seven points from four games to end a superb 2018, which had seen them reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.

The Three Lions will take on the Netherlands on June 6 at Guimaraes in Portugal for their semi-final clash in the Nations League.

And Kane believes winning the competition will give them a platform to achieve success in Euro 2020.

“The Nations League is an opportunity to win a trophy and if we win one then hopefully it will be easier to win another,” Kane told the Telegraph.

“It will give us a real confidence and belief going into the Euros.

STOKE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Former England football player Sir Geoff Hurst attends the funeral of 1966 World Cup and former Stoke City Goalkeeper Gordon Banks on March 04, 2019 in Stoke, England. Gordon Banks, considered one of the finest goalkeepers of all time, had a career in football spanning 20 years and 73 caps for England. He started every game of England's successful 1966 World Cup title bid. His greatest save came in the 1970 World Cup against Brazil when he stopped a downward header from Pele. He played club football for Leicester and then Stoke City from where he retired. Today fellow 1966 World Cup footballer Geoff Hurst paid tribute to him during a service at Stoke Minster. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)

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The former England national team footballer lifted the trophy with the Three Lions in the 1966 edition at home.

“We are in a great position for 2019 and hopefully we can take that into the Euros after that. The World Cup felt like the start of something and that’s the most important thing.

“The summer was amazing but it was so, so important that we carried on.

“When we look back at the World Cup, there were performances in which we could have done better and the next motivation, the next step, is putting that right.

“We’ve put in some big games – beating Spain away, Croatia at home – and it feels like we are still ticking those boxes, as we were doing in the summer, that will make us better.”

England’s sole major honour in football came when they hosted the 1966 World Cup, where the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton led them to glory.

Since then, they’ve managed two more semi-final appearances in the World Cup and another in Euro 1996.