JAMIE REDKNAPP: Harry Kane’s goal against Germany could not have come at a better time for England… here’s hoping he can go on a similar run to Alan Shearer after he was questioned before Euro 96
Going into Euro 96, my England team-mate Alan Shearer had not scored a goal for his country in 21 months.
There was significant pressure on him to end that drought. Then he popped up with a goal in the opening group game against Switzerland and went on a silly run.
Shearer finished with five goals at that tournament. It won him a Golden Boot trophy for his mantlepiece. Our manager Terry Venables refused to stop believing in Shearer back in 1996, much like howhas never stopped believing in now.
Harry Kane finally got off the mark at Euro 2020 in England’s 2-0 Wembley win over Germany
The England captain headed home Jack Grealish’s cross late in the game to seal progression
Kane’s goal against Germany could not have come at a better time for England. He’ll have been hurting.
I’m sure midway through the second half of Tuesday’s game, Southgate will have been tempted to substitute his striker after he seemed to pick up a knock. But now, Kane’s got his goal.
Shearer scored against Switzerland, then he scored again in the next game, and the game after that. Can Kane go on a similar run? I don’t see why not.
Goalscorers get so much adrenaline from scoring goals. Kane has officially opened his account for Euro 2020 and now he’s got one, he’ll want more.
Kane can now go on a similar run to Alan Shearer (left) who finished at Euro 96 top goalscorer
Raheem Sterling has been popping up with important strikes, but if England are to win this tournament, they need their No 9 to step up as a match-winner.
He’s got so many players around him who know how to create chances. That includes yesterday’s influential substitute Jack Grealish.
As soon as Grealish gets the ball, you can tell there’s fear in the opposition.
Raheem Sterling (left) also scored against Germany while Grealish (middle) also impressed
I wonder whether he’ll now be a starter in the next game. He could do real damage if so.
I’m so glad Kane’s got his goal. He’s England’s leader. He is someone who feels and relishes that responsibility.
Here’s hoping he can go on a Shearer-esque run.
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