Euro 2020 semifinals, England vs Denmark: Harry Kane’s big verdict, says “It’s now or never for England”- Harry Kane has urged England players to seize on the home comfort ahead of their crucial semifinal tie against Denmark on Thursday.
England thrashed Ukraine 4-0 in the Euro 2020 quarterfinal to set up a statement and the onus will be on them to deliver in front of their home crowd at Wembley.
The crowd capacity has been increased to a maximum of 60000 and one can expect the majority to cheer for the home side. Danish supporters are poised to be in fewer numbers as covid restrictions forced them to cancel their travel plans to the United Kingdom.
Kane said, “To think there is going to be another 20,000 people in there, it is an added motivation.
“It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere. It’s going to be an experience that we probably won’t have as players again, unless we have a home tournament for the younger boys.
“For me and a few of the older more experienced ones it will be the last chance to play a major tournament game at Wembley. What an opportunity. What a moment it will be. Hopefully we can win and have similar scenes to what we had against Germany.”
He went on to add, “I try not to let my mind get too far ahead.
“But I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about it but the whole playing for England and captaining England is a dream.
“As a kid growing up you have a vision of what you want to do and what you dream about and this is it – playing for your country and captaining your country at a major tournament, having games at Wembley, scoring goals and winning games. Of course it would be a dream come true but I always go back to Russia.
“It was such a great tournament but it can be cut short so quickly. You lose a semi-final and all of a sudden it is what we could have done better, where we can improve and we’ve had to wait a long time, three years to have the chance again. We have that chance to go one step further. It is about grabbing that with both hands.”
England squad for Euro 2020:
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham)
Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)