England star Harry Kane fires Denmark warning: If I’m at my best, you won’t stop me

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England star Harry Kane fires Denmark warning: If I’m at my best, you won’t stop me

Harry Kane has warned Denmark that he will be difficult to stop in tomorrow’s Euro 2020 semi-final.

After failing to find the net in the group stage, Kane burst into life with three goals in 55 minutes to help England past Germany and Ukraine, and into the last-four.

Chelsea centre-half Andreas Christensen has said Denmark have “an idea” of how to stop the England captain and revealed they will lean on Kane’s Tottenham teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for advice.

But Kane warned that even if Denmark find a way to subdue him, they will still have to contend with England’s other myriad attacking threats.

Asked if he could be stopped when at his best, Kane said: “To be honest, probably not.

“My game understanding, in terms of what I need to do to not just help myself but the team, is probably at its best in my career so far.

“It is not a problem – if you try and stop me, that’s ok because we have got other players who are just as good, who are going to cause problems.

“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 about assessing that on the pitch, seeing what formation they are playing and setting up, if they are pressurising, if they are tight, if they are sitting off and just trying to adapt my game to that. I feel like when I am playing at my best I feel like I can score goals or provide assists against anyone. Hopefully that will be the case tomorrow.”

Kane is aiming to win a first trophy of his career and he urged England to grasp the opportunity to reach a European Championship final for the first time.

“We have a great opportunity and have put ourselves in a great position,” he said.

“In major tournaments you have to take these opportunities because they don’t come around too often. When you are at club level you are playing in the Premier League, Champions League and cups every year so you have more of a chance of being successful.

“Major tournaments are every two years so it shortens the opportunity, we had one in 2018 which we didn’t quite grab. Now it’s about learning from that.

“We can talk as much as we want now but the bottom line is we’ll see how we perform on the pitch and that will determine if we have learned lessons from that game and if we can improve in tournaments to come.”

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England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine in Rome on Saturday was watched by an audience of 20.9 million people on the BBC in the United Kingdom – a record for 2021 – and the figure could be surpassed for the semi-final.

“I would definitely say it is easier playing than watching,” Kane said.

“I had to watch the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League with Spurs and it was an absolute nightmare not to be out there on the pitch.

“So I definitely feel for the fans a little bit, my family, my wife for having to go through it and watch it.

“They will be really nervous and excited at the same time. As a fan growing up I would always be down the pub with my family and friends watching England games, hopefully with a few beers being thrown over us because that would mean we had scored and were doing well.

“Of course there is going to be nerve and excitement but 100 percent I would prefer to be playing.”

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