England captain Harry Kane was in tears after missing a crucial penalty against France at the World Cup on Saturday night. The Three Lions came up short against the reigning champions and lost 2-1 as they were heartbreakingly knocked out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage.
Kane has habitually been England’s main man in front of goal in recent years and stepped up to take his second spot kick of the evening in the 84th minute after already converting from 12 yards earlier in the match.
The Tottenham striker had the chance to become the Three Lions’ record goalscorer and move beyond Wayne Rooney’s total of 53 goals after drawing level with the former Manchester United ace half an hour earlier. But he blasted his effort high over the crossbar as Gareth Southgate’s side were sent packing by Les Bleus.
And after the match, Kane was consoled by a whole host of his team-mates as tears streamed down his face.
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Southgate’s team were then given the chance to equalise for the second time of the match when Mason Mount was barged over in the penalty area. But Kane was unable to keep his cool when presented with another opportunity from 12 yards.
England kept pushing forward in the hope of forcing extra-time as the seconds ticked away. But they were unable to find a way through the France backline for a second time as Les Bleus secured a semi-final showdown with Morocco. France lifted the trophy in Russia four years ago after overcoming Croatia in the final. And they will now be confident of going all the way once again in Qatar.