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.
“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.