Keep calm and England will deliver the greatest night of football seen on these shores in more than half a century.
That’s the upbeat message from captain Harry Kane to his team-mates as he prepares to lead them into battle against Italy at a rocking Wembley.
At stake is the European Championship trophy – and the opportunity for Gareth Southgate’s side to lift the country’s first silverware since Sir Alf Ramsey’s men won the World Cup In 1966.
But as the entire nation is gripped by feverish anticipation and expectation, Kane insists the Three Lions can not afford to get caught up in the hype sweeping the land.
On the eve of the Euros final, the England skipper declared: “I feel like the team is in a good place, and there is really good self-belief among us.
“But It’s a major final. It’s not going to just happen easily. It’s about doing what we've learned over the last few years as a group.
“That’s being calm in certain moments – and then being ruthless in other moments. That's what we'll need against a very good Italian side.”
As for his own red-hot form, Kane admits he is just thrilled to be fit for the biggest game of his life.
Three years ago in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, the Tottenham hitman was not match sharp after injury.
And it was a similar story in last season’s Carabao Cup final reverse to Manchester City.
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Kane, with four goals in the last three games, said: “I have played three finals and for two of them, I picked up injuries beforehand.
“Your focus is more on getting fit than on the final itself. So, it’s nice to be going into a final free of that in my mind – and having scored in a few games as well.
”I feel confident, I feel good.”
Of course, should he net the decisive strike tonight, Kane will sit alongside 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst in the record books as the only Englishmen to score a winner in a final.
As with all prolific marksmen that would be a magical moment for Kane – yet, in truth, he will not care a jot who is the hero of the hour just as long as he gets his hands on that trophy come the final whistle.
“As a striker, of course, it is always the moment you dream of. You want to be the one who scores the goal, and the match-winner in a major game,” added Kane, who has blasted a total of 38 goals in 60 England appearances.
“I was fortunate enough to be able to do that in the semi-final in midweek. But, like I’ve always said, if it’s not me who scores, it doesn’t matter…as long as we win.
“But Sir Geoff has an amazing moment in history, it is the moment that everyone watches and looks back on. I am sure he’s enjoyed that moment every bit as much as everyone else.
“These occasions are there to take, and to grab – when you have opportunities to create your own history and that’s the exciting part.”
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