The English captain opened up the pain of Sunday’s loss to Italy as he defended his teammates who missed out on the shootout
Harry Kane says England’s final 2020 result against Italy will haunt for the rest of their careers, as he said Sunday’s defeat is ‘the worst feeling in the world’.
England fell 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes, with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka unable to pass from the spot.
And so England will be trophy-free for another summer, as they could not take the opportunity to win an important trophy for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.
What did Kane say?
“I could not have given more. The boys could not have given more,” Kane said BBC One.
“Penalties are the worst feeling in the world if you lose. It was not our night, but it was a fantastic tournament and we have to keep our heads down.
“Of course it’s going to hurt now. It’s going to hurt for a while, but we’re on track and we’ve building and hopefully we can progress from this next year.”
He added: “We should be very proud as a group that we have reached. We are all winners and want to win, so it will probably hurt for a while and it will hurt for the rest of our career, but it’s football .
“We have made good progress from Russia and now it is continuing.”
“Anyone can miss a penalty kick”
Kane, who ended the tournament with four goals, converted his shot put to open the shootout, while Harry Maguire also found the back of the net with his penalty kick.
After that, however, a miss began with Rashford, Sancho and Saka, three of England’s youngest players, not all of whom could convert.
And Kane was quick to defend his team-mates, saying Sunday’s setback would only serve as motivation while England look forward to a World Cup next year.
“You have to keep your head up,” he said. “It was a fantastic tournament. Everyone can miss a penalty kick. We win together, we lose together.
“We will learn and grow from it. Those boys will grow from it and it will give us more motivation for the World Cup next year.”
“We played against a very good team. We got off to the perfect start,” he added. ‘Maybe they fell a little too deep sometimes. They had a lot of ball. We looked pretty in control, they did not create too many chances.
‘They got a breakthrough from the solid game and after that it was 50-50. In the extra time we grew in the game and had some half chances.
“Fines are punitive. We went through a process. The boys did everything they could, it just wasn’t our night.”