Harry Kane assumed a sense of ownership with England’s World Cup exit in the wake of bursting a late penalty over the bar in the Three Lions’ 2-1 loss to France, saying he will “need to live with” the blunder.
England more than matched France during Saturday’s strained quarter-final at Al Bayt Arena, with Kane counterbalancing Aurelien Tchouameni’s opener from the spot after the France midfielder fouled Bukayo Saka nearby.
Notwithstanding, Olivier Giroud reestablished the holders’ lead with 12 minutes remaining, and Kane couldn’t score again when Theo Hernandez surrendered a second penalty a short ways from time, terminating over the crossbar.
Addressing BBC Sport after the loss, England’s skipper fronted up to his slip-up and adulated his partners for taking on the title holders.
It’s difficult to think about for me literally and for the group, he said.
He was unable to be prouder of the young men. We would be wise to spells, better possibilities, however football boils down to little subtleties.
As the skipper and the person who missed the penalty, I get a sense of ownership with that. And he can’t blame my arrangement or the subtleties before the game.
He felt sure taking it, I simply didn’t execute it how I would have preferred to. It will be something I need to live with and endure.
The group is in a great spot and there will be highs later on. Remaining here now, we are destroyed it has reached a conclusion as we had full conviction we could go as far as possible. We can be pleased with what we’ve done.
Kane is the first player to both score and miss a penalty in a World Cup match (barring shoot-outs) since Michal Bilek did as such for Czechoslovakia against the US in 1990.
He has scored more World Cup penalties than some other player (four).
The miss leaves Kane level with Rooney on 53 England goals, and the Manchester United incredible communicated his help for the Three Lions captain after the misfortune.
Totally destroyed for the fellows however glad for the manner in which they’ve played this competition and they ought to be pleased, Rooney said on Twitter.
Congrats to Harry Kane on equalling the record, he’ll be all alone soon and I was unable to consider anybody better to dominate. Keep your head up Harry.