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Harry Kane says England are aiming "to make history" at Euro 2024

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England captain Harry Kane says that the Three Lions are determined "to make history" at this summer's European Championship.

England captain Harry Kane has said that the Three Lions are determined "to make history" at Euro 2024.

Gareth Southgate's side will begin their European Championship campaign against Serbia on Sunday evening, before tackling Denmark and Slovenia in their final two fixtures in Group C.

England have never won a European Championship, but they were runners-up at Euro 2020, losing to Italy on penalties in the final of the competition.

The Three Lions are being tipped to go one better this time around, and Kane is confident that his team will be serious challengers for the trophy in Germany.

"I'm excited. There's always excitement, especially when you get out to the host nation, settle into the hotel and see where everything is. Hopefully it's going to be our camp for a good four or five weeks," Kane told UEFA's official website ahead of the start of the tournament.

England's Harry Kane during training on June 11, 2024© Reuters

England will face Serbia in Group C opener

"As the days go on you start to get a bit of nerves, the preparation starts, and you watch the first game, Germany vs Scotland, and that's when it really kicks in. But at the moment, everyone's pretty calm and excited.

"I think this squad is one of the best, if not the best, we've had, going on form and the domestic seasons a lot of us have had. We have incredible young talent coming through who are fearless and just want to get on the ball and play.

"I hope that the guys can lean on me and ask me questions, and if I can help them get through anything, then great. But we have such a good togetherness, we're always talking or having dinner together and there's always conversations being had, so that helps us.

"Gareth had a really tough decision and some really tough calls to make [with the squad], because we have some really good attacking players for England.

"But, for me personally, it's fantastic. I want to be playing with players who can provide assists, can score goals and [have] good movement [and can] get on the ball in tight areas, and we have all of that.

England's Harry Kane on June 7, 2024© Reuters

Kane insists England deserve to be seen as favourites

Kane has also said that England have "earned the right" to be seen as favourites to triumph this summer due to their recent performances in major tournaments.

"I think we've earned the right to have that status through the previous tournaments we've had. But we're also a team that hasn't won a EURO before, so we're trying to make history here," he said.

"That's a target we've set out to try to achieve, but we know there's going to be a long, hard road ahead. We need to make sure we get it right because, in these tournaments, if you're not quite on it 100%, you can be punished."

England will enter the competition off the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Iceland, and they have only won one of their last five matches in all competitions, including a 1-1 draw with North Macedonia in their last competitive fixture in November 2023.

Three Lions midfielder Declan Rice has also said that the team can have "no excuses" this summer after coming so close to winning the last European Championship.

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