EURO 2020

Harry Kane Admits Euro 2020 Defeat Will Hurt England Players for the Rest of Their Careers

Harry Kane admitted England players are hurt after final loss
Harry Kane admitted England players are hurt after final loss / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Harry Kane admitted that England's Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy was "the worst feeling in the world" and will haunt them for the remainder of their careers.

Luke Shaw gave England an early lead but Leonardo Bonucci managed to level the scores in the second half, dragging the game to extra-time where neither side managed to break the deadlock.

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka failed to convert their penalties, handing Italy their second European crown.

England captain Kane opened up on the hurt of Sunday's loss as the Three Lions missed out on yet another chance to seal a major trophy for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.

"I couldn't have given more. The boys couldn't have given more," Kane told BBC One.

"Penalties is the worst feeling in the world when you lose. It wasn't our night but it's been a fantastic tournament and we should hold our heads high. Of course it's going to hurt now. It's going to hurt for a while, but we're on the right track and we're building and hopefully we can progress from this next year."

He added: "We should be extremely proud as a group of what we have achieved. We're all winners and want to win so it will probably hurt for a while and it will hurt for the rest of our careers, but that's football. We progressed well from Russia and now it is about continuing that."

Kane also leaped to the defence of his teammates saying that Sunday's setback will only serve as motivation as England look ahead to a World Cup next year.

"You've got to hold your heads high," he said.

Kane added, "It's been a fantastic tournament. Anyone can miss a penalty. We win together, we lose together. We'll 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 were playing against a very good side. We got off to the perfect start," he added. "Maybe dropped a little too deep sometimes. They had a lot of the ball. We looked fairly in control, they didn't create too many chances.

He concluded, "They got their breakthrough from the set-piece and after that it was 50-50. In extra time, we grew into the game and had a few half-chances. Penalties is penalties. We went through a process. The boys did everything they could, it just wasn't our night."