Harry Kane reveals impact of his World Cup penalty miss

Jamie Spencer
Harry Kane missed a penalty late in England's World Cup quarter-final defeat to France
Harry Kane missed a penalty late in England's World Cup quarter-final defeat to France / Lionel Hahn/GettyImages
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Harry Kane had admitted he will ‘probably’ never forget the penalty he missed in the closing stages of England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to France last month, but insists it has only stoked his desire to be successful.

Kane turned on the style for Spurs on Wednesday night as they overcame a poor first 45 minutes to thrash Crystal Palace and record a first Premier League win since November.

But looking back on the World Cup sliding doors moments, he told the Evening Standard: “It was a tough moment for me. It’s never an easy thing to go through, but it’s part of football, part of the highs and lows of our sport.

“I had a bit of time away after, just to reflect, and it’s made me even more hungry to come back and be successful. So nights like last night are always good for me and the team, and it was much needed after the last couple of results as well.”

Kane was straight back to action with Spurs at the earliest opportunity after the World Cup, starting and scoring in a 2-2 comeback draw against Brentford. With the Palace game in the books, he is now on 15 Premier League goals for the season and in with a chance of matching or bettering his career best tally of 30 in the league if he keeps up his current rate for the remainder of the campaign.

“After it [the penalty miss, I just wanted to play again as quick as possible and get it out of my head. It’s something you have to deal with,” the England captain went on to explain.

“I’ll probably remember it for the rest of my life, but that’s part of the game. It’s not going to affect me as a player or as a person. I’ll keep working hard to improve and it was nice to get our first win since coming back.”

Two more goals will see Kane equal Spurs’ all-time goal record of 266 held by Jimmy Greaves, while he is 62 behind Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record.

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