Under-21 striker Harry Kane happy with Euro qualifying hat-trick against San Marino
San Marino 0–4 England
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Qualifying Group One
7.30pm, Thursday 10 October 2013
Olympic Stadium, San Marino
By Nicholas Veevers in San Marino
Hat-trick hero Harry Kane spoke of his joy at marking his first start for England Under-21s with three goals against San Marino.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker has been a regular scorer for the Three Lions at both U17 and U19 level over the last few seasons, but was still waiting to open his account for the Under-21s after three substitute appearances.
But he buried that burden in style in Serravalle with a first-half penalty and then two more after the break to help his side to a 4-0 victory.
He told TheFA.com: “It feels very good and it’s a very proud moment.
“It’s great to get a hat-trick, get the goals as well as to get the win. We knew what we had to do and we’re happy going home with a 4-0 win.”
At times it was frustrating for Kane and his fellow forwards, given that they were afforded little space or time to operate by their hosts, who employed a nine-man defensive shield for the majority of the game.
But when the chances eventually came, the 20-year-old was on the mark with two clinical finishes to top up England’s goal difference.
Kane explained: “You have to be patient in these sort of games. They just block and foul at the back so you have to be patient and then penetrate when you can and I thought we did that.
“We had to be professional and I think once they had the man sent off the ref was looking to get it even, so the boys did well to keep their heads.”
With the likes of Saido Berahino and Danny Ings also fighting for a spot up front, not to mention the attacking talent of Raheem Sterling, Nathan Redmond, Wilf Zaha, Tom Ince and Sammy Ameobi, Kane believes the competition for places can only be a good thing.
And with Lithuania next up on Tuesday evening at Portman Road, Kane is hoping to see the squad live further up to its potential.
He added: “It’s such a great squad that we’ve got here and it’s tough for the manager to pick his team.
“There’s so many great players here, you’ve got to earn your place and that’s great for England to have all of these young players coming through.”