Harry Kane scored a penalty high over the bar against France as England were knocked out of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat.
The Tottenham striker equaled Wayne Rooney’s record 53 goals in the 54th minute from a kick to bring the Three Lions level.
Olivier Giroud then headed the Blues forward, with Kane given another chance from 12 yards out almost immediately afterwards.
VAR ruled Theo Hernandez fouled Mason Mount as Kane prepared to shoot past Spurs team-mate Hugo Lloris for the second time.
But he erred in his effort by crushing it savagely on the bar as the French players celebrated with Lloris.
Kane could have had a hat-trick of penalties after being denied one in the first half after being bundled up by Dayot Upamecano.
He earned his first penalty early in the second half following excellent work by Bukayo Saka.
Saka beat Aurelien Tchouameni, who broke the deadlock for the Blues, before bringing down the Arsenal winger.
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And Kane got it right, sending Lloris the wrong way in what was his second Qatar goal.
Kane has scored 53 goals in 80 games, 35 games less than Manchester United legend Rooney.
And it was no less than what England deserved to have been in control since Aurelien’s marvelous strike in the 17th minute.
England legend Stuart Pearce was lyrical at Kane’s kick as he urged Gareth Southgate’s side to continue their relentless onslaught on goal.
Commenting on his brilliant kick in talkSPORT comments, he said: “Fantastic captain’s penalty, beautiful.”
But he couldn’t achieve the same result half an hour later as he failed to direct his effort on target and missed the chance to send the game into extra time.
Reacting to the missed penalty, Pearce said: “If there’s ever anyone you love in that moment, with the moral courage and the stature, it’s Kane.
“It was one of his best games in an England shirt. He was the one who turned Upamecano on and caused him problems.
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