Harry Kane insists England are in a better position heading into the European Championship than they were for their run to the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
The Three Lions begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Group D rivals Croatia at Wembley on Sunday.
The same opponents ended England’s World Cup hopes three years ago but both squads have changed since.
Captain Kane, who won the golden boot in Russia feels England are now better suited for tournament football having gained more experience for club and country since their agonising exit in Moscow
“I’d say so,” the Tottenham striker told the Official England Podcast when asked if the squad is stronger than in 2018.
“We’re probably in a better place. Going into that World Cup, we maybe weren’t sure where we were as a team, but we performed really well and stepped up to the occasion.
“I feel like now we’ve had a bit more experience, players in the biggest games for their club and obviously players who have played in that World Cup have had that experience as well.
“I feel like we are in a good place. We know there is still a lot of hard work that goes into it.
“We don’t just turn up and win the tournament. We haven’t won a tournament as a country for a long, long time, so there needs to be a lot of good mentality along the whole way as it is a long, tough journey to get to the later stages of a major tournament.
“Obviously there’s a bit more pressure on us this year than there was going into that World Cup, so we just have to take it in our stride and look forward to the challenge.”
The likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho will be experiencing international tournament football for the first time.
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