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Kane pushes England to show their class in the Euro semi-finals.

Kane pushes England to show their class in the Euro semi-finals.

England must win Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark, according to Harry Kane, to prove they deserve to be rated among the world’s top nations. England has never made it to the European Championship final and last won a major prize in 1966 in the World Cup.

Following their march to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, the Three Lions’ stunning rise to a second consecutive major tournament semi-final has spurred talk of a protracted spell of dominance. And England captain Kane acknowledges that it is time for his squad to take the next step toward a final. “It’s an opportunity to go out there and prove it; we can speak all we want, but the bottom line is that we have to go out there and perform,” Kane said. “We may go and be free, enjoy ourselves, but our main focus should be on making it to the final.”

England are heavy favourites to overcome Denmark in front of 60,000 ecstatic fans at Wembley Stadium, which generated a rowdy atmosphere for England’s last-16 victory against Germany. “I discussed the burden on us as a team to perform following the Germany game. We came through it successfully, and as the season progressed, we were anticipated to win the Ukraine game. “However, you must still go out there and perform under pressure. It’s an unavoidable feature of major tournament football. “Many of us have dealt with it at club level, in Champions League finals and cup finals, so the group is more experienced than it was in 2018. “It’s about how we perform on matchdays; there’s a lot of hype surrounding this semi-final, and it’s a chance for us to go one step further than we did in Russia in 2018.”

Following Harry Maguire’s dismissal, England defeated 1-0 to Denmark in the Nations League at Wembley in October.<p>

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