Harry Kane has said that he “felt as confident for the first penalty as I did the second one” and that his decisive spot-kick miss will “hurt for a long time”.
England’s World Cup campaign ended in disappointment in Qatar as they lost 2-1 to reigning champions France in the quarter-finals.
Kane blazed a late penalty over the bar after Olivier Giroud had scored France’s second.
The England captain had earlier scored from the spot to cancel out Aurelien Tchouameni’s brilliant 25-yard drive, which beat Jordan Pickford low to his right.
After the match Kane said that he “felt confident” about his second penalty, but that the pain of missing would stay with him for “a long time”.
“It comes down to execution and as the captain I take that on the chin, and that responsibility, missing the penalty, it’s hard, it’s hard to take for sure,” he said.
“Whenever I prepare, I prepare for if I get one penalty, getting two penalties. I can’t fault my preparation or the detail in the lead-up. I felt as confident for the first as I did for the second. It purely comes down to execution.
“It hurts now and it will hurt for a long time. But that’s part of being captain and being a leader in the team.”
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