Peter Crouch was one of many ex-England international who believed in Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane when he went on a barren run in front of goal at the start of the tournament. Kane didn’t score any goal in the three group games played by his team. Without an in-form Kane, England struggled to find the back of the net. The Three Lions scored twice in three games but still managed to finish Group D as winners with seven points from the maximum nine points thereby setting up a last 16 clash with old foes Germany.
Ahead of the round of 16 clash with Germany, Peter Crouch told the Daily Mail that England will beat the Germans and that Kane will break his deadlock against the three-time champions and he was proved right on both fronts. Ex-Liverpool, Southampton and Stoke City striker Peter Crouch was right with his two predictions.
Just as Peter Crouch predicted, England beat Germany 2-0 with late goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. Sterling and Kane scored in the last quarter of the game to see off the Germans and secure a quarterfinal clash with Ukraine. Manchester City star Sterling broke the deadlock off the assist from left-back Luke Shaw before Kane scored his first goal of the tournament to clinch the game for his team off the assist from substitute Jack Grealish.
Spurs striker Kane added two goals to the one scored against the Germans when England and Ukraine met in Rome to decide who will face Denmark in the last four. He scored the first and third goals in the 4-0 win over the Ukrainians. Manchester United defender Harry Maguire and Liverpool skipper scored the other goals with the latter coming on as a second half substitute for West Ham United star Declan Rice.
Kane scored his fourth goal of the tournament with the winning strike in the 2-1 victory over Denmark in the semi-finals. He needs two more goals in the final clash with Italy this weekend to win the Golden Boot in what would be a remarkable achievement for him considering that all his goals have been in the knockout stage.