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Harry Kane says Scotland draw is England’s wake up call – but he’s refusing to panic

Harry Kane is refusing to panic about England’s Euro ambitions – on the back of one sloppy, disappointing display.

The knives have been out since Friday’s goalless draw with Scotland punctured belief that this could be the time for the Three Lions to lift their first trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

However, Kane reckons that pessimism is premature – and argues the poor result against their rivals north of the border could prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Certainly, the England skipper, subbed in both Group D games, views it as a potentially positive kick up the backside.

Harry Kane was substituted for the second time at Euro 2020 against Scotland on Friday night and has so far failed to find the net at the tournament

Kane, still to get off the mark at the finals, declared: “There are things we can improve but I feel like we still have enough ability and togetherness to go very far in this tournament.

“We’d have loved to have won the first two games, beat the Czech Republic, be on nine points and cruising.

“But sometimes you get a hit back down to earth if beaten in the early knock-out stage because you think everything is great and might have missed one or two things you need to work on.

“So, a result like Scotland wakes you up a bit, maybe opens your eyes to areas we do need to improve because, obviously, the later we go in this tournament, the tougher the teams you face.

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Kane cut a forlorn figure at times on a frustrating night for England
Kane cut a forlorn figure at times on a frustrating night for England

“Those are the areas you can’t afford to slack on. In a way, it could be a good thing what happened to us – so we work on what we might have missed if we’d won. “

With Belgium, France, Italy and Portugal seemingly in decent shape, England’s pre-finals billing as second favourites suddenly seems far-fetched.

When asked about the country’s chances of going all the way, Gareth Southgate claimed his squad, bulging with youthful talent, is still a work in progress.

That may be true but Kane, 27, remains convinced they possess the class to be one of the main threats to the big boys.

Kane still believes England can have a good run at the tournament
Kane still believes England can have a good run at the tournament

“Yes, absolutely that’s definitely the belief amongst us,” he went on. “At the last European Championship, Portugal didn’t win a group game but ended up winning the tournament.”

As for the disgruntled supporters at Wembley who booed England off after the Battle of Britain stalemate, Kane’s message is equally clear.

“Just to be patient, to be calm,” he said. “Obviously, we’re not going to play perfect every game.

“But no-one’s panicking here, thinking we’ve got to change the way we do stuff. “

Kane had his evening cut short as England laboured to a 0-0 draw with Scotland
Kane had his evening cut short as England laboured to a 0-0 draw with Scotland

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Kane’s thoughts on his own form – he has barely had a sniff in two games – and getting the hook TWICE are the same.

The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner explained: “We’ve learned over past tournaments about trying to peak at the right time.

“The best time for peaking is in the knockout stages.

“Maybe in Russia, towards the quarters and semis, I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be. In the end we didn’t get to where we wanted – maybe, partly, for that reason.”

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