‘Nations League victory would eclipse WC semis’
LONDON (BBC): England winning the Nations League would eclipse the achievement of reaching the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia, says captain Harry Kane.
The Three Lions face the Netherlands in June’s Nations League last four, with the winners then meeting either Portugal or Switzerland in the final.
“To have a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt does not happen not very often,” said the Tottenham striker.
“If we win that trophy, in my eyes, it’s a better year than 2018.”
England won the World Cup in 1966 – their only major international trophy – and have a chance of winning the first Nations League tournament after finishing top of a qualifying group that also included 2010 world champions Spain and 2018 runners-up Croatia.
During the 2018 World Cup, England reached the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, before losing 2-1 after extra-time to Croatia in the semi-finals.
Kane, who won the golden boot for being the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, added: “Hopefully, we can win some silverware. Of course, 2018 was fantastic but for me, the main thing is the team and we want to win things. We want to make fans happy and be proud.
“People now expect us to do well and before the World Cup there was no expectation, so it’s great that we’ve turned that around.
“We’re the only team from the World Cup semi-finals to have got through their Nations League group, and we had probably one of the hardest groups.
“That was big for us, to prove that it wasn’t just a one-off, that this team were really building for something special.”
Before England play the Nations League semi-finals, they have their first two 2020 European Championship qualifiers – against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday and then away in Montenegro on Monday, 25 March.