After decades of disappointment, England has got a great chance to break the curse at Euro 2020 thanks to a talented young squad led by skipper and striker Harry Kane, who is widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world.
Kane is viewed as a classic, old-school centre-forward because of his imposing stature (6’2”, 190 pounds) and football IQ. His size as well as his physical and passionate style of play have garnered Kane comparisons to Jurgen Klinsmann.
Kane has an uncanny ability for finding open spaces in the box and using his superlative touch and power to get balls by goalkeepers while also posing a tough cover on all set pieces because of his height. He is also very proficient as a link-up player, holding up play after a long ball and allowing his teammates to run up and join the attack.
It took Kane a lot more time and work than most to finally get on the first team, making just 11 apps for Tottenham in his first five seasons while going out on four different loan spells during that stretch. When he finally got his chance in 2014-2015 he did not disappoint, putting in 21 goals in his first full season.
The Walthamstow native has gone on to 153 goals in 216 appearances over his seven years as a regular starter for the Spurs, winning the EPL Golden Boot twice, though he has been unable to aid in ending the club’s trophy drought.
The Englishman has been just as prolific for his nation, netting 32 goals in 51 caps, though he has had the same issues when it comes to team success. Like the Spurs, who have not won a major trophy since the 1991 FA Cup, England has been waiting for ages for a win at a major tournament, 55 years to be exact.
Kane has only recently joined the international squad, making his major tournament debut for England at the 2018 World Cup, where he put in six goals to pace the field and earn Top Goalscorer honors. That world-class goal scoring ability was again present during the Euro 2020 Qualifiers, during which he again led all scorers with 12 goals in eight matches.
England will enter the tournament as co-favorites alongside Belgium, and with all of their matches, the semi-finals, and the final scheduled to be contested at Wembley, you’d think a bit of an edge for the Three Lions. If there end up being fans at Wembley for those games, it could very well hearten England into playing up to their expectations, though it could also have the opposite effect and overwhelm them, which will lead to classic English blunders.
We would steer clear of England in terms of outright wagers for the Euro 2020, though they seem like a shoo-in to win Group D. Kane individually could be a very profitable bet to once again finish as the tournament’s Top Goalscorer, just as he did during the 2018 World Cup and the Euro 2020 Qualifiers.