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Harry Kane reacts to England's Euro 2020 final penalty heartbreak

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Kane also admitted England might have defended too deep
Kane also admitted England might have defended too deep / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
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Harry Kane has said that England will be using their Euro 2020 penalty heartache as motivation for the 2022 World Cup.

The Three Lions were heartbreakingly defeated in a shootout against Italy after the scores were level at 1-1 after extra time. Luke Shaw got England off to a perfect start, netting the quickest goal in European Championship final history, before Leonardo Bonucci levelled things up in the second half of normal time.

In the shootout Kane converted but Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford all missed to give Italy a famous victory.

Speaking to the BBC after the game the England captain said the players left everything out on the pitch.

"The boys couldn’t have given more. Obviously penalties are the worst thing in the world when you lose and it wasn’t our night," he said.

"We’ve had a fantastic tournament, we should be proud, hold our heads up high. It’s going to hurt now, it’s going to hurt for a while. We’re on the right track and we’re building. Hopefully we can progress from this next year."

He added: "We should be extremely proud of ourselves as a group for what we’ve achieved. It will probably hurt for the rest of our careers but that’s football. We’ve progressed well from Russia and now it’s about continuing that. We’ve got a great squad of young players hungry for more football like this."

Harry Kane
Kane played well / John Sibley - Pool/Getty Images

Kane also confessed that England might have been too conservative after grabbing that early goal.

"We were playing against a very good side. We got off to the perfect start, maybe dropped a little bit too deep at times," he said.

"Sometimes when you score that early it's easy to try and soak up the pressure. That’s probably what happened that had plenty of the ball and possession but to be fair we looked in control, they did not create many chances. Obviously they got their breakthrough from the set piece."


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