ENGLAND captain Harry Kane said that he’s “absolutely gutted” after missing a crucial penalty that saw England go out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage for a record seventh time.
Two superb goals for France saw them go through to a semi-final against Morocco. An earlier Kane penalty was smashed in to make the score 1-1, but after France went 2-1 up, Kane blazed a second penalty over the bar and the score remained 2-1 until the end.
“Absolutely gutted,” Kane wrote on Twitter. “We’ve given it everything and it’s come down to a small detail which I take responsibility for. There’s no hiding from it, it hurts and it’ll take some time to get over it but that’s part of sport.”
The defeat means that England have gone out of the competition at the quarter-final stage more than any other nation. Although some critics have said that manager Gareth Southgate should go, most people seem to think that he and his players did well. England had more possession, shots and completed passes than France, and the French players committed more fouls. Kyle Walker also did a fantastic job of keeping Kylian Mbappé pretty quiet for most of the game.
Record within reach It won’t be much of a consolation for Kane, but his goal means that he’s now level with Wayne Rooney as the all-time leading scorer for England’s men. And here’s another fact for you: Kane has also now scored more penalties (four) in the World Cup than any other player in history, not including penalty shoot-outs.
Looking ahead to the future, with young players like Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham in the team, many think that England will only improve and could go all the way at the next World Cup or Euros. “Keep the faith, our time will come,” Bellingham tweeted.