Harry Kane has stressed that Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy is an opportunity England “must seize with both hands”.
Kane prepares to captain the team against Italy at Wembley, the Three Lions’ second grand finale, 55 years after their World Cup triumph.
The 27-year-old was alleged on Friday that England’s victory on Sunday would lead to comparisons between him and Bobby Moore, captain of the 1966 team.
And Kane told reporters, “Anytime your name is mentioned in the same company as such players, it just gives you motivation and confidence.
“That would of course be an incredible achievement. We’ve all waited so long as players, as an audience, as people to see us in a final. So these are the opportunities that you need to seize with both hands.
“We have an incredible chance of winning our second major trophy as a country. We’re proud to represent the players we’ve had and made over the years.
“We have to look forward to it, we have to enjoy it, but of course we are all winners here at every football game, we all want to win and we will need every little bit of that to get the work done on Sunday.”
When asked if he would have allowed himself to imagine what it would be like to lift the trophy at Wembley, Kane said, “I think as a player you think of this moment, you dream of this moment.
“Of course we are all grounded enough to know that we have a very difficult game ahead of us on Sunday. But there is good faith in this team.
“We were close a few years ago (reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup) so it was a great sign, a great mentality that we created to get back on our feet in this tournament and take it a step further. But of course we all want to win.
“As a child, you dreamed of these moments of raising trophies for your country, and now we have this opportunity.”
Kane described “the greatest game of my career so far, probably the greatest game of any of our careers so far” as an even competition, emphasizing England’s confidence.
“I think it’s a real 50:50 game,” said the Tottenham striker, who has scored four goals in the tournament so far.
“From our point of view, we believe strongly in what we did and how we set up, and of course we believe we can win the game. But we also know that it will be very tough. They have some great players, some great experience.
“In every final, in every big game, you have to be there in all aspects. We know this will be the case on Sunday and hope that we can change it in our favor. “
Kane also praised England coach Gareth Southgate, saying: “He’s a great person first and foremost, not just a manager – a great conversationalist. He’s a great leader, he’s calm in situations, he’s determined in what he wants to do and where he wants the team to be. “
Speaking of the English fans, he added: “Of course a few years ago it was about getting back in touch with the fans, and in Russia we definitely did.
“But to go ahead with it and go on like we did… Of course it was important to have that connection to a tournament where we play a lot of games at home, and we definitely feel like we did.
“They’ll be cheering us all across the country and we can’t wait to hopefully try to win the game for them.”