Kyle Walker urges nation to back Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham insists there is ‘no negative feeling’ as Gareth Southgate refuses to blame England captain for World Cup exit after missed penalty against France


England have rallied behind captain Harry Kane following his missed penalty in the 2-1 loss to France.

The Three Lions were knocked out of the World Cup by the defending champions, but Kane had the chance to extend the game in the 85th minute.


Kane missed the chance to become England’s all-time leading goalscorer

Having already scored a penalty in the match, the English talisman kicked his second over the crossbar and his nation then failed to reach the semi-finals.

However, there is no hard feelings towards the 29-year-old, who became the country’s all-time top scorer with his successful conversion kick.

And his England team-mate Kyle Walker, who previously played alongside Kane at Tottenham, has sent a message to the Three Lions faithful, urging them to rally behind the striker.

Walker told talkSPORT: “I’ve had the pleasure of playing with H since he was 15. His mentality has remained the same.

“I’m not saying that just because of the situation. It doesn’t change, it stays the same.

“I bet everyone in the country would have liked him to be from the penalty spot. You win some, you lose some. He scored a lot of crucial penalties.

Kane was consoled by his full-time teammates


Kane was consoled by his full-time teammates

“It takes great character to step up both occasions. He is a great character and a leader.

“I can assure you there are 25 guys in the dressing room behind him. And I hope the country is behind him, supporting him in a difficult time.

“He will be back because he is the player he is.”

England midfielder Jude Bellingham was seen talking to Kane immediately after the missed penalty and he too had nothing but gratitude for his skipper.

Bellingham tried to get Kane back immediately after the miss


Bellingham tried to get Kane back immediately after the miss

Bellingham told talkSPORT: “I just said, as the team leader he is with the media and on the pitch, I thought it was important to keep him mentally in the game.

“For me, I can’t thank him enough for the way he integrated me into the team and I saw him deliver time and time again.

“On this occasion, he did not score. But he did more than enough for his country. I just wanted to remind him that he can still win the game.

“It was not planned, but there is no negative feeling towards him after what he has done for this country.”

Southgate also had kind words for their captain


Southgate also had kind words for their captain

Meanwhile, Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate refused to blame Kane for his side’s quarter-final exit.

Southgate told talkSPORT: “We wouldn’t be in the position we are in without the way he has managed, the way he has played, the important goals he has scored for us.

“We are a collective, we have won games thanks to the group, and tonight, over 100 minutes, there are a lot of things that the whole team did well, and some things that the whole group didn’t. well done.

“And that’s how we feel about it, it’s not about individuals, in the end I don’t think the players could have given more than they gave throughout this tournament. .”

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