Harry Kane gives history lesson to suggest he will peak in the knockouts

Striker has misfired in the group stages before but has backed his teammates to find their form at Euro 2024

For Harry Kane, it has always been about peaking at the right time in tournaments – in other words, the knockout rounds. The England captain has suggested previously that he might have gone too soon at the 2018 World Cup, lighting up the group stage with five goals and then, in his own words, not having “the best performances in the quarters and semis”.

As he finds himself at the centre of the storm that threatens to engulf England at Euro 2024, cast as the face of the desperately disappointing 1-1 draw against Denmark, the first thing to say is that Kane has been here before. The next is to remember how he responded.

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