More than half a century has passed since winning the Sixty World Cup. Despite being one of the leading countries in the world of football, England Football Team has not had any success in global or continental competitions at this time.
There are not many people in the world of football who pay attention to the word ‘return to the house of football’ that comes up in the English media whenever a big tournament comes. But in recent times, the landscape has changed a bit.
The Gareth Southgate-Harry Kane duo took England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. After beating Germany in the Euros and reaching the quarter-finals, the English proved that reaching the World Cup semi-finals was not something that happened suddenly. The team is standing, the team is moving forward to cut the success-drought!
Harry Kane thinks so too.
The English captain was completely lackluster in the first three matches of the Euros. So much so that the demand to play someone else by putting him up also went up. The English media showed the statistics of Kane at the moment for the English team.
Far from scoring goals, he could not even take a shot on goal well. But Kane scored on Tuesday night against Germany. The goal came on the big stage of the last sixteen. Rahim Sterling and Kane’s goals helped England break the deadlock of history by beating Germany in a knockout stage of a major tournament since 1986.
England’s last eight match against Ukraine in Rome on Saturday. Before the match, Kane spoke with caution to the rest of the team. Says, his England is not the England before. Rather, it is a much more dangerous team for this England Football Team opponent, ‘Any team will admit, this time England team is dangerous.
Every time there is an expectation with the England team. But there are many instances where the pressure of that expectation has been shattered. The list goes on and on about how many big names were involved with the team — Gary Lineker, Peter Shilton, Paul Gascoigne, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Michael Wayne, Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer. But the result cell is zero.
Harry Kane, Rahim Sterling, Harry Maguire, Bakayeko Saka, Kieron Tripier, Luke Shaw, Calvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Jack Grillish, or Jordan Pickford have all lived up to expectations. And England is the Euro champion only after winning three matches. Kane is feeling a bit satisfied as the receipt goes closer to expectations.
But he also knows the work is not over yet, ‘there can be nothing more joyous than a combination of expectation and achievement. We met expectations by winning against Germany. Playing in the Euro quarterback. But we have to pay attention so that we don’t stop here. Hopefully we’ll be back at Wembley again in the semifinals and the final.