England captain Harry Kane was crestfallen as his shock penalty miss meant the Three Lions’ agonising look ahead to a World Cup continued.
Kane scored from the spot with a blistering end within the 54th minute.
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However, the skipper fired his second effort nicely above the bar as French goalkeeper and Tottenham Hotspur teammate Hugo Lloris guessed the best method.
Had Kane buried his second penalty, it could have given England a deserved equaliser within the 84th minute and nearly actually despatched the competition to further time.
But it was to not be, as Olivier Giroud’s 78th minute header proved to be the distinction to make sure a 2-1 victory for France.
Brits watching within the stadium and all over the world may scarcely imagine what had transpired given the skipper’s infamous reliability type the spot.
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As the total time whistle blew, Kane reduce an inconsolable determine as he crouched down together with his face in his fingers.
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford shielded Kane from a TV digicam crew who wished to seize the skipper at his lowest.
Although it is going to be a miss that’s more likely to hang-out Kane within the coming days, weeks and maybe months, the remainder of the soccer world had solely optimistic and uplifting feedback to make.
Here’s what the pundits, managers and gamers needed to say …
Former England midfielder Danny Murphy on BBC Sport: “I really feel for Harry Kane as a result of he’s been excellent tonight, so many features of his recreation. It’s arguably been his finest recreation of the match. Overthinking it, I feel he’s seen Hugo Lloris go the best method and tried to hit it that bit tougher.”
England midfielder Jordan Henderson on ITV: “We know what number of penalties Harry has scored for us, what number of objectives he has contributed to even get us right here. He can be stronger for this sooner or later. He is a world-class striker and our captain, he’ll bounce again.”
England supervisor Gareth Southgate on ITV: “For me, we win and lose as a workforce. We let two (objectives) in and missed probabilities. Harry has been unbelievable for us. So dependable. We wouldn’t be right here if not for the objectives he’s scored for us.”
Former England defender Gary Neville on ITV: “You wouldn’t need anybody else to take that penalty.”
Former Irish midfielder Roy Keane on ITV: “The solely comfort is it has occurred to a prime skilled, hopefully he’s mature sufficient, clearly upset. But with a youthful participant, you’ll worry it being tougher to return again from, however the reality is he’s a prime skilled. But you wish to assume he would have carried out just a little higher.”
Former England goalkeeper Rob Green on BBC Radio 5 Live: “If I may give anybody the ball to take a penalty now, it could be Harry Kane. He was there and missed and it occurred however you wouldn’t begrudge any of the England gamers.”
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