Harry Kane bids to banish Iceland demons by beating Germany in Euro 2020 last 16

Harry Kane has many incentives to lead England to a Euro 2020 triumph against Germany at Wembley.

It would be a step closer to England’s first appearance in a major final for well over half a century, obviously.

It would be some sort of lift for the nation’s spirits, however trite that might sound.

It would be only a second knockout win for England at a European Championship.

But one of the biggest incentives for Kane is to banish the memory of one of the worst moments of his career.

England 1 Iceland 2, June 27, 2016, round of 16, Euro 2016.

“It was one of the toughest losses I’ve had so far in my career,” declares Kane. “We had high expectations of ourselves and the country had high expectations of us as a team and we fell short on that night which was hard to take.

The memories of the Iceland debacle are still raw for the England skipper

“But I’ve always said you definitely learn from experiences like that, you learn from the losses you have in your career.

“Sometimes, games like that give you more motivation to go and be successful in the future

“But I think there were only two or three who were playing in that game that are here with us in this squad.

“From our point of view, it’s good to have had that experience and learn from it but the bottom line is we have to go out and show that against Germany.”

Of the team that will start against Germany, only three started against Iceland on that fateful evening in Nice.

Kane, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling.

And Kane believes this squad is far better equipped for international knockout football than the one from 2016 … and the one that got to the semi-finals at the World Cup in Russia three years ago.

He explains: “We have gained a lot of experience since 2018 as players, not just for our national team but club football as well. A lot of us have played in big games on big European nights.

“I think we have gained experience and also learned from past games like Croatia at the World Cup. We have just got to go out and show that.”

And while there is a lot of talk about this German era not being a particularly great vintage, Kane insists their quality will not be underestimated.

He says: “Germany have been hugely successful and I feel like this squad is very strong.

“When I look at their individuals and the experience they’ve got, I would definitely say it’s one of their best teams.

“German sides, in general, seem to go far in a lot of tournaments and we need to try to break that mould from our point of view.

“In our heads, this is one of four games to go in this European Championship and one of four games we need to get right.

“It’s a challenge for us to write our own history and put a marker down for the rest of the tournament.”

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