Harry Kane reckons that he is unstoppable when on top form as he prepares for England’s semi-final showdown with Denmark on Wednesday evening.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker had initially been heavily criticised for a slow start to Euro 2020 that saw him fail to score in all three group games, yet he appears to have found his feet in the knockout stages, netting once against Germany before adding a brace last time out against Ukraine.
The 27-year-old had gone into the competition off the back of a stellar campaign on a personal note, having topped the Premier League charts for both goals and assists, with 23 goals and 14 assists amid a difficult season for Spurs as a whole.
While he currently faces the distraction of uncertainty over his club future, amid possible interest from Manchester City, the forward is beginning to look back to his clinical best and could be the man to fire Gareth Southgate’s men to glory.
When asked whether he could be stopped if he was in peak form, Kane said: “To be honest, probably not. My game understanding, in terms of what I need to do to not just help myself but also the team, is probably at its best in my career so far.
“It is not a problem. If you try to stop me that’s OK because we have got other players who are just as good, who are going to cause problems.
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“It is not the case where you stop me and you stop us as a team. We have plenty of threats, plenty of options, plenty of different ways of playing.
“From my point of view it is just assessing that on the pitch, seeing what formation they are playing and setting up and just trying to adapt my game to that. I feel like when I’m playing at my best I can score goals or provide assists against anyone.”
With his tally for the tournament now at three goals, he not only retains an outside chance of finishing as the competition’s top scorer, but also has the opportunity to overtake Gary Lineker as England’s highest-scoring player in major tournament history, Kane currently one behind the former Leicester City striker on nine goals.
Like Lineker, Kane already has a World Cup Golden Boot under his belt and could add to that collection should he catch Patrik Schick and Cristiano Ronaldo on five goals, although the Three Lions skipper admitted that winning the tournament is far more important.
“Going into any tournament as a striker it’s something you aim to achieve because it means you are doing well and the team is probably doing well.
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“It’s not something I definitely set out to get, the first objective is to win the main trophy.
“If I am scoring goals and I end up winning the Golden Boot it means we have a greater chance of being successful.
“I would trade all my individual trophies for a team trophy any day and that’s the opportunity we have.”