England captain Harry Kane has admitted he’s looking to ‘peak at the right time’, following his slow start to Euro 2020.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker went into the tournament off the back of a stellar campaign on an individual basis, having claimed the Premier League Golden Boot after netting 23 goals, while he also finished with the most assists in the division after registering 14 assists.
Despite that impressive form, the 27-year-old has struggled to make an impact for the Three Lions at this summers Euro’s, having failed to score or assist, while he was also withdrawn in both of England’s opening two group games following disappointing displays.
After previously netting five goals in just the group stage alone at the 2018 World Cup en route to finishing as the competitions top scorer, this current goal droubt has come as a bit of a surprise, with many having tipped the forward to be his nation’s key player at the tournament.
While there is the possible distraction of trying to secure a move away from Spurs this summer, Kane has previously suggested that that has had no bearing on his displays, despite rampant speculation that he could be set to join Manchester City in the coming months.
By his own admission, Kane hasn’t made the best start to the current tournament, although he is hoping he can ‘peak at the right time’ ahead of England’s mouthwatering last-16 clash with Germany on Tuesday evening.
“The first two games I’d probably say wasn’t my best games, I definitely could have improved on them,” said Kane.
“I thought the third game (against the Czech Republic) was a tough game, but I felt a lot better.
“I felt I had a lot more involvement in the game. I could go 10, 15 games without scoring but give me a chance and I’d back myself to score it.
“I’m in a good place. Going into Tuesday night, physically, I’m in the best shape of the tournament so far, and that’s what I kind of wanted going into this.
“I felt maybe at the World Cup in Russia I started on fire, scored loads of goals, then maybe didn’t have my best performances in the most important games – the quarters and the semi-finals.
“So coming into this, physically, I wanted to make sure I was peaking at the right time and obviously we won’t know until Tuesday night if that’s the case, but the way I feel, that’s the way I feel it’s going.
“For me it is about trying to peak at the right time and the right time in tournament football is the knockout stages.
“I feel good, I feel sharp. I felt good, definitely in the third game. This training week is going to be great and hopefully I can come into my best form into the knockout stage and that will help the team.”