Harry Kane says England defeat will hurt for a long time

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

Had Kane added to his six goals in Russian Federation with either of his back-to-back chances in the first half against Croatia on Wednesday, when England was dominating and led 1-0, he could yet be lifting the trophy on Sunday.

England captain Kane told ITV Sport: "It's tough".

Hurst believes Gareth Southgate's side can match their finest hour and go all the way in Russian Federation, and Kane admits the support from such England greats is further incentive to succeed.

"To meet any heroes from '66 is incredible".

Kane, who scored six goals in Russian Federation to equal Gary Lineker's record for England strikes at a single World Cup, struggled as Gareth Southgate's side slipped to a 2-1 extra-time defeat at the Luzhniki Stadium that ended their hopes of ending over 50 years of hurt.

"I'm proud to make ex-players proud and I'm sure it's bringing back memories for them". It just felt like not since Euro 96 when we were 1 nil up against the Germans, or in 1998 when Michael Owen scored against Argentina and before Beckham got sent off, we - in a major tournament - really had a chance of winning.

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The Three Lions crashed out of the tournament last night after a harrowing 2-1 defeat against Croatia.

"We worked as hard as we could... it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time".

"We've just got to try and keep it going, we're one step closer to what is the biggest game as a professional".

England ladies also found themselves in the World Cup finals three years ago, only to be beaten 2-1 by Japan in the final game.

Nearly 20 million people in Britain tuned in for the victory over Sweden, not accounting for the many more who watched in pubs and public viewing areas. "That is wonderful, but I think it's time we knock it off the number one spot with Three Lions".

He is now at the top of the Golden Boot standings for most goals scored at the tournament with two more than Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.

"He wasn't even moving around in the second half against Colombia".

"It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

One said: "In tears that England are out". I've woken up extremely proud to be English today.

"He's captained the team brilliantly", Southgate said of Kane.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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