Harry Kane has admitted he didn’t think he was going to score his 50th goal for England in their Nations League match with Germany on Tuesday as it felt like ‘one of those days’.
The Three Lions trailed by a single goal heading into the latter stages at the Allianz Arena, with Manuel Neuer in inspired form to keep the hosts’ 1-0 lead in tact.
But England were awarded a late penalty following a VAR check after Nico Schlotterbeck clearly brought Kane down in the box, and the Tottenham striker made no mistake from the spot.
Speaking post-match, Kane revealed his faith was waning because of the amount of chances they squandered on the night, but was delighted to become just the second man to score 50 goals for England.
“It was a really nice feeling, I had a couple of early chances in the game and thought it would maybe be one of those days, but we kept going,” Kane said. “It was good to get the goal and just a shame we couldn’t nick it at the end.”
He added: “I love scoring goals, I always have, especially for my country.
“Helping the team is the most important thing. It was good to bounce back here tonight as it’s not an easy place to come.
“It’s important to show the right mentality, we showed good character away from home to get back into the game and get a result. We were playing against a very good Germany side so we have to keep doing well.”
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Kane is now just three strikes shy of Wayne Rooney’s all-time record of 53 goals for the Three Lions. He has two further opportunities to match or better the former Man Utd forward this month in home games against Italy and Hungary.
England manager Gareth Southgate was full of praise for Kane after the draw in Munich, hailing his all-round game as much as his impressive goal return.
“Rightly, the fact he has 50 goals will be the centre part of the story but his all-round game, the way he led the line, the way he competed, the way he pressed from the front for us today was exceptional,” Southgate said.
“His quality to drop deep, I know people say he drops too deep, but you need a player that can come and link the game. He gives us so many options.
“When you had runners past him like Raheem [Sterling], Bukayo [Saka] and Mason [Mount], then that part of his game comes into its own. There are little moments when he takes the ball and relieves the pressure, which you take for granted, but are an important part of his game.”