LONDON: England captain Harry Kane has said that the team have bonded with the public by being “normal lads” who hope to fulfil childhood dreams in “the biggest game of all our careers”.
Captain Kane could lift England’s first trophy in 55 years if they beat Italy to win Euro 2020 at Wembley on Sunday.
The possibility has seen his name referenced alongside 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.
“Whenever your name is mentioned in company like that, it gives motivation and confidence,” Kane told BBC Sport.
“I think it’s the biggest game in my career so far and probably the biggest game of all of our careers so far.
“You dream of these moments as a kid – lifting trophies for your country. And we have that opportunity now.
“These are the opportunities you have to grab with both hands.”
England’s success in the championship has followed positive headlines featuring a number of the squad’s players.
Striker Marcus Rashford has won praise for assisting a number of good causes, while forward Raheem Sterling will receive an MBE for his services to racial equality in sport.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson helped orchestrate financial support for good causes from Premier League players during the coronavirus pandemic and England’s players have already said they will donate a chunk of their prize money from the Euros to National Health Service.