England is currently preparing the first kwalificatieduels for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020, but the look is meanwhile slowly at the final of the Nations League in June. Captain Harry Kane believes that tournament is of great importance.
England take the on June 6 in the semi-finals of the Nations League against the Dutch national team. Portugal and Switzerland, the two other group winners in the A division, playing in the other semi-final showdown against each other.
“It’s not often that you are in the shirt of England the chance to win a prize,” said Kane Tuesday night at a press conference in the run-up to the home game on Friday against the Czech republic. “If we succeed in that, then it is in my opinion a better year than in 2018, when we are in the semi-finals of the world cup reached.”
England won in 1966 for the first time and so far only time the world title and remained since then without a tournament victory. ‘The Three Lions’ reached last summer in Russia, although for the first time in 28 years, the semi-finals of the world cup, but Croatia proved when, after extension to strong.
Kane, who is on the world cup with six matches to top scorer crowned, raises the bar is now higher. “Hopefully, this year we have a prize drag. 2018, of course, was a fantastic year for me, but the most important thing is that we have tournaments to win. We want to make the fans happy and proud.”
Kane and Dele Alli on the training of England. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“Everyone now expects that we perform’
For the duel with Orange in June to play England this month, EK-kwalificatieduels with the Czech republic (at home, 22 march) and Montenegro (from 25 march). Kane is happy that England in the group stage of the Nations League has already shown that success at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS is no fluke.
“We are the only semi-finalist of the previous world cup which was the first in the Nations League-group has ended and that while we are arguably in the hardest group were. For the world cup, there were no expectations, but now charges everyone to ensure that we are performing.”
“That will be in the EK-kwalificatiereeks not otherwise,” warns Kane. “We find that we are in an easy group and expect that we will even qualify, but as it is not easy. It would be nice if we have a good start, because then we can develop this further.”
England sits next to the Czech republic and Montenegro in a group with Bulgaria and Kosovo. The two best teams qualify for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, that from 12 June to 12 July 2020 in twelve different countries.