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Kane: Hungry England has 'really good chance' of winning Euro 2024


England captain Harry Kane said the team are primed to "make history" ahead of their Euro 2024 opener against Serbia on Sunday.

Speaking with German magazine Spiegel in an interview published Thursday, the striker backed England's chances of winning a breakthrough European Championship, their first major men's trophy since the 1966 World Cup. 

"I'm not saying we'll definitely win the tournament, but we have a really good chance," Kane said, telling the magazine England had "found ourselves as a group."

The 30-year-old scored 44 goals in 45 games in all competitions for Bayern Munich and will now lead England at the tournament in his adopted home of Germany.

Kane, who moved from boyhood club Tottenham before last season, said England wanted to reverse a trend of past disappointments. 

"In England's history, we've struggled to get across the finish line at major tournaments," said Kane.

He admitted the loss in the final of Euro 2020 to Italy on penalties at Wembley was "particularly difficult to cope with."

"We were as close to the title you can get without winning it. Now I feel like this team is extremely hungry. 

"We want to make history and the only way to do that is to win the title."

Despite a stellar individual career, Kane has never won a team trophy. Serial Bundesliga winners Bayern finished last season trophyless for the first time in 12 years.

"If you look at my career and the doubts that have accompanied me, that'd be a great way to make a point," Kane said.

England's all-time top goal-scorer is also keen to make amends after missing a crucial penalty in a 2-1 quarter-final loss to eventual finalists France at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

"It still hurts and I know that pain will probably never go away," added Kane, who took himself off social media after firing over from the spot.

"I completely withdrew and just spent time with my family. If I had started reading every headline or scrolling through Instagram and Twitter, I would have gone crazy."

England will spend the Euros at a resort just outside the central German village of Blankenhain, which boasts three golf courses. 

Kane, an avid golfer who has played regularly with Germany veteran Thomas Muller since moving to Munich, lamented he never had enough time to hone his craft further.

"That's what frustrates me about golf. I don't have the time it takes to really perfect it. 

"I know I'm a good golfer but that's the problem with golf and the reason I love it: you can't solve every problem."

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