ENGLAND skipper Harry Kane admits the pain of losing the Euro 2020 final will ‘hurt for a long time.’
The Three Lions’ tournament ended in heartbreak last night as they suffered a penalty shootout loss to Italy at Wembley.Harry Kane applauds England fans after their defeat to Italy[/caption]
Tears were shed on the pitch as well as up and down the country after Bukayo Saka’s crucial penalty was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
A dejected Kane tweeted on Monday: “Last night hurts. It’ll hurt for a long time.
“But we’ve come so far and broken down so many barriers that this is not the end.
“We win together, lose together and will regroup together for the World Cup. Thanks for all your support this summer.”
Kane was one of two England players to score from the spot, although the Tottenham hitman had ZERO touches inside the Italy box in 120 minutes.
The 27-year-old admits defeat at Wembley has left a mark on the team but insists they’ll bounce back for the World Cup in Qatar next year.
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He said: “We couldn’t have given more.
“Penalties are the worst feeling the world when you lose.
“It wasn’t our night but we had a fantastic tournament and can hold our heads high.
“It’s going to hurt but we’re on the right track and hopefully we can build on this.
“We went through our process and the players did everything we could but it wasn’t to be.Harry Kane comforts a crestfallen Bukayo Saka[/caption]
“These things can happen. Anyone can miss a penalty.
“We win together and lose together, those boys will grow from it and it will give us even more motivation to do better in the World Cup next year.”
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate hopes to lead the team next winter but said: “I don’t want to commit to something longer than I should.
“I never want to outstay my welcome.”
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When pressed further on the winter tournament, he added: “That feels a million miles away.
“For certain this team can be better and can improve.
“You have seen the young players we have blooded in this tournament and been absolutely fantastic.
“The players have been incredible to work with and tonight is going to be extremely difficult of course and you have to feel that disappointment because the opportunities to win trophies like this are so rare in your life.
“But when they reflect what they have done they should be incredibly proud of themselves.”