Harry Kane believes England Nations League success would top World Cup year

England's Harry Kane in action during the UEFA Nations League Group A4 win over Croatia at Wembley, November 18 2018 0:25
Harry Kane says a Nations League win would top last year's run to the World Cup semi-finals

Harry Kane believes 2019 will be even more successful than last year for England if they win the Nations League finals in June.

Gareth Southgate defied the odds to guide his side to the semi-finals of the World Cup last summer but Kane feels securing silverware with success in the Nations League in Portugal would surpass 2018's achievements.

England must navigate tricky European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro before they take on the Netherlands in the Nations League, but Kane is in positive mood for what the future holds for their promising young squad.

Harry Kane celebrates scoring for England in the World Cup
Image: Kane won the Golden Boot in last summer's World Cup

"If we win the Nations League, I think it will top it," Kane said of comparisons with 2018.

"It's not very often you have the chance to win a trophy in an England shirt. If we have a good summer and win that trophy, in my eyes it's a better year.

Our aim is to win the Nations League and we can do that if we are fully focused on our job.
England captain Harry Kane

"2018 was fantastic but the main thing for me is the team, trying to win things, and we have a chance this year."

Kane concedes that England supporters now believe their team can be successful but feels they have handled the pressure well since returning from Russia.

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England's Harry Kane in action during the UEFA Nations League Group A4 win over Croatia at Wembley, November 18 2018
Image: England face Czech Republic and Montenegro in their opening European Qualifiers

"People expect us to do well and before the World Cup there were no expectations," he added.

"It's great that we've turned that around and it's up to us as players to use that experience we have had to manage the expectations now.

"I think we have handled it [the weight of expectation] really well since the World Cup.

England's Callum Hudson-Odoi during the training session at St George's Park, Burton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 19, 2019. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. 2:10
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"I think we are the only team to get into the semi-finals of the World Cup to get through their Nations League group and we had probably one of the hardest groups out of the lot [Croatia and Spain].

"That was big for us, to prove that wasn't just a one-off and that we are building for something really special in the future.

"All we can do is play the way we have been playing, with that freedom, and I think the players we have allow us to do that.

"Our aim is to win the Nations League and we can do that if we are fully focused on our job."

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