Harry Kane has admitted that football hasn’t “come home” for England yet this summer. The comments come after Denmark captain Kasper Schmeichel made a brutal jibe about the lyrics ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2020 semi-final.
When asked whether football was ‘coming home’ for England this summer, Schmeichel left the journalist stunned with his response.
“Has it ever been home?” Schmeichel said, with a grin on his face, before making the point that England had never won the Euros, only the World Cup back in 1966.
But Kane responded to the comments by admitting that the Denmark goalkeeper is right – with the Three Lions looking to put things right this summer.
“He’s right in terms of that it hasn’t come home in this competition for us,” Kane said.
“But we’re in a great position, we’re two games away. It’s important our focus is on tomorrow night and about us and what we can do. We know if we get it right it should be enough to get us over the line.”
Leicester City man Schmeichel joked after being asked about the iconic three-word phrase regularly heard by England fans: “I don’t know…have you ever won it?”
The journalist speaking to the goalkeeper then replied: “It was home in ’66”.
To which Schmeichel retorted: “Was that not the World Cup?”
England have never won the Euros, whereas Denmark famously triumphed in 1992 having only qualified following the disqualification of Yugoslavia.
Schmeichel isn’t the first opposition player to hit out at the song, which was penned by Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds ahead of Euro ’96.
Croatia’s Luka Modric also criticised the sentiment ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England in 2018, suggesting it was a sign of English arrogance.
And the Real Madrid midfielder backed up those comments again this summer.
“England’s arrogance is not so much related to the players but the people around them, some of the journalists and commentators,” Modric said.
The tongue-in-cheek song has been adopted by England fans once again during their run to the last four of Euro 2020.
“The song is humour isn’t it – it is English humour,” Southgate said after the criticism of the lyrics three years ago.
“Unless you’re a fan of Fawlty Towers and stuff like that maybe you don’t get the slant on it. It is interesting how we are viewed by the rest of the world sometimes when you travel.
“I’m always putting across the importance of representing our country in the right way and I think the rest of the world does sometimes view us in a certain way and feel that we have a sense of entitlement.
“But I can only speak for this group of players and this group of staff – it is not how we work and is not what we believe.
“We want to be competitive and we don’t want to be showing too much respect on the pitch but certainly in terms of what we believe of the opponents, particularly some of the players in this team, we couldn’t have more respect for them.”