Scottish Daily Mail


- By SAMI MOKBEL at Wembley Stadium

HARRY KANE fired England to Euro 2024 as they fought back to beat Italy. After falling behind early in the first half, Kane’s two goals, either side of a superb Marcus Rashford strike, secured victory. England are joint favourites with France to win next summer’s tournament in Germany after booking their spot with two group games to spare. ‘I feel like sometimes we make qualifying look easy, so credit to the boys because it’s not,’ said Kane afterwards. ‘We’ve had one of the toughest groups, you’ve seen over recent years some big nations not going to major tournament­s, so to do it [qualify] with two games to spare just shows the path we are on. ‘We can enjoy it, it was a really good performanc­e from everyone, even when we went one nil down there was no panic. We stayed calm and carried on doing what we have done the whole campaign and obviously got the rewards in the second half.’ On surpassing Bobby Charlton’s record of 23 goals scored at Wembley for England, Kane added: ‘I love playing here at Wembley. I love playing for England full stop. To do it here at home is always special, perform in front of our fans, to wear the badge, to lead the boys out, and, of course, to score as well is one of the best feelings ever. ‘I enjoy the records but we go onto the next one and see how far we can go. This group wants to keep pushing standards. Now we will have to see how far we go next summer. ‘We’ve beaten big nations quite consistent­ly over the last few years. To win in Italy is one thing, but to back it up here too, with the performanc­e, 3-1, I think we showed a real maturity. ‘We won’t get carried away. These tournament­s come around quick.’

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