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Harry Kane explains reason for lack of goals ahead of England vs Senegal

Harry Kane has revealed why he has struggled for goals recently.

England made it out of their group with seven points from three games.

The Three Lions scored nine goals whilst doing so, but Kane did not get a single one of them.

However, Kane was similarly goal-shy in the group stages of Euro 2020 before going on to score a lot more in the knockout rounds as England reached the final.

This was seemingly by design as the striker has revealed that he wants to be as sharp as possible for the knockout rounds, rather than scoring a lot in the groups before fading later in the tournament, like he did in 2018.

Speaking on the eve of England’s last-16 tie clash with Senegal, Kane revealed he has been working to peak in the latter stages of the tournament again:

“It goes back to 2018 and the World Cup,” he said. “I felt like from a physical and mental side of things, I started the tournament great with loads of goals and used a lot of energy.

“I was conscious before the Euros of trying to make it go the other way. Obviously I still wanted to start well but I was trying to make sure that physically and mentally I was in the best shape for the knockouts.

“I’ve carried that into this tournament. I’d love to be sitting here with two or three goals but the group stage has gone well. Minutes-wise it’s not been too tough, the games haven’t been too physical when you look at the numbers and break it down.

“Going into the knockout stage, I feel really good, fit and sharp, coming off the back of the Premier League schedule. I feel as match fit as I’m ever going to feel. Only time will tell but hopefully I can do well tomorrow and come into the best form in these knockout games.”

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