Excitement and anticipation for Euros-bound Harry
03 June 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane says he’s ready and raring to go for Euro 2016 after completing England’s programme of pre-tournament friendlies on Thursday night.
The front man joined four of his White Hart Lane colleagues in the Three Lions’ starting line-up at Wembley as Roy Hodgson’s men made it three wins in as many games in the build-up to this month’s showpiece event with a 1-0 triumph over 10-man Portugal.
It was the second time that all five of our lads in the squad have been selected to start by Hodgson after doing likewise in the first warm-up match against Turkey a fortnight ago.
Now, with all roads leading to France, Harry can’t wait to get stuck into the action at the tournament itself.
“I’m just excited!” he told us at Wembley after the Portugal game. “I just want to get out there and start playing. Of course, we’ve had these three friendlies that seem to have taken forever and I think a few of us are just ready to go!
“They’ve been three good friendlies against tough opposition to work on what we needed to work on with different tactics and different formations. We’ll see now what the formation and the team is going to be against Russia – we’ve done all we can to be prepared.
“We meet up again and fly on Monday so we’re just looking to go out there and be ready for the first game.”
Harry was deployed alongside Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy up front on Thursday night, with Wayne Rooney pushing forward from the point of a midfield diamond.
The Academy product, who was also the player on the receiving end of the challenge that earned Portugal’s Bruno Alves a straight red card in the first half, feels he’s capable of performing in whichever forward formation boss Hodgson chooses.
“To be an international striker you have to be prepared to play in different systems and if that’s what the manager wants, I’m ready to do it,” he said. “Of course, we do what the manger wants, we play where he wants us to play and we’ve just got to do our best there.”
On his partnership with Vardy against Portugal, Harry added: “It’s good – we’ve been working on a lot of it in training and trying different things.
“I think the sending-off made it difficult for us to get the ball in the middle so we had to come and drift a bit wider but it’s something we’ve got to learn from. If something like that happens in a tournament we’ve got that preparation now to move us forward.”