I will have to live with a missed penalty
England skipper Harry Kane has said he will have to live with the missed penalty that condemned his side to a World Cup quarter-final exit against defending champions France on Saturday.
The striker had leveled his side at the Al Bayt Stadium with a successful kick which saw him equal Wayne Rooney’s record 53 goals for England.
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Kane then had a chance to make it 2-2 late after Mason Mount was overrun by Theo Hernandez in the area, but this time he launched his effort over the crossbar.
After the final whistle, Kane collapsed and stared at the floor before walking away in tears to be comforted by England manager Gareth Southgate after their 2-1 loss.
“I’m not someone who thinks about it too much; I prepare the same whether I get a penalty or two in a game,” Kane said of the second time out against Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Hugo Lloris.
“I couldn’t fault my preparation or the details before the game; I didn’t feel a difference. I felt confident taking it, but I didn’t execute it the way I wanted.”
“Of course it’s something I’ll have to live with and take my chin on,” he added. “But all we can do is be proud of each other and know that the team is in a very good position for the future.”
Kane’s failure will add to some famous England failures at major tournaments with Southgate, Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce all haunted by them, although theirs have all come in penalties rather than play regular.
“As you’d expect, he’s very, very low, but he has nothing to be ashamed of,” Southgate said of Kane. “We are in a position where we are as a team thanks to his leadership and his goals.”
Kane’s second-half converted kick was his fourth successful conversion at the World Cups, not counting penalties, and it’s more than any other player in World Cup history.
France’s win means they will face Morocco in the semi-finals after Morocco secured a historic win over Portugal earlier in the day.