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Euro 2024: England ‘struggling’ and have ‘got to get better’ – Kane

England have won two of their last seven matches

Harry Kane playing football for England

Harry Kane described England as “struggling” but said he was satisfied with his side’s results after the 2020 finalists followed up a 1-0 win over Serbia with a lethargic 1-1 draw against Denmark at Uefa Euro 2024.

Captain Kane’s 18th-minute strike was one of the few highlights of England’s second game at the finals, conceding an equaliser 16 minutes later through Morten Hjulmand’s long-range strike past a backtracking defence.

“The pressure in both games hasn’t been right and with the ball it hasn’t been good enough,” Kane told BBC Sport. “We’ve got levels that we can breach. We can be better with and without the ball, no questions.

“We’re struggling with and without the ball. Everyone’s dropping below their levels a little bit. It was tough out there but we’re calm. It wasn’t our greatest game but we got away with a point.”

England v Denmark: Kane concentrates on results

England are likely to qualify even if they lose to Slovenia in their final group-stage match on Tuesday but Gareth Southgate’s side looked far from contenders on an evening when they would have won Group C with a victory.

All-time record England scorer Kane was replaced by Ollie Watkins during the second half during a curiously out-of-sorts showing by the Bayern Munich striker and his team.

“We’re starting games well but when the teams are dropping deeper, we’re not quite sure how to get the pressure on and who’s going,” said the 30-year-old.

“In the second half, we tried to change a little bit but it was difficult. Credit to Denmark, they caused us some threats. We’ve got to look back and see where we can improve.”

“The sign of a good team is when you’re not playing at your best and still find a way to get results like we have in the last two games.”

England group table

England are top of the table on goal difference and hit a post through Phil Foden, who was also substituted, 19 minutes after the break.

“We know we can improve,” acknowledged Kane. “I know there will probably loads of noise and a bit of disappointment back home but we experienced this in the last Euro as well when we drew with Scotland.”

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Ben Miller

Ben has more than 10 years' experience in sports journalism, covering two EURO tournaments, European club competitions, the Premier League, EFL and WSL and a variety of other major sporting events.

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