Harry Kane praised the maturity of England’s performance as the Three Lions came from behind to beat Italy 3-1 and clinch their place at Euro 2024.
Kane scored twice as England booked their place at next summer’s major tournament, with Marcus Rashford also on the scoresheet for Gareth Southgate’s side.
The victory ensures England’s passage to the European Championship with two games to spare and Kane praised the performance of the side in qualification.
“I feel like sometimes we make qualifying look easy, so credit to the boys because it’s not,” the England captain told Radio 5 Live.
“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.”
England’s win saw the Three Lions complete a qualification double over Italy, the team which denied Gareth Southgate’s side the European Championship after defeat to the Azzurri in the 2021 final.
Kane believes their qualification performances show England are capable of beating the ‘big nations’, but insists his side ‘wont get carried away’ ahead of next summer’s finals.
“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, comfortable for us, I think we showed a real maturity out there.
“We won’t get carried away. Enjoy the next camp, two more games to work together. Then these tournaments come around quick. Before we know it we’ll be in March and on the eve of the next tournament.”
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