Italy beat England in a penalty shootout last night and captain Harry Kane believes ‘penalties is the worst’ way to lose a Final, but stressed his teammates are ‘on the right track’.
I couldn’t have given more. The boys couldn’t have given more,”Kane
told BBC One. “
Penalties is the worst feeling in the world when you lose
“It wasn’t our night, but it’s been a fantastic tournament and we should hold our heads high. Of course, it’s going to hurt now. It’s going to hurt for a while, but we’re on the right track and we’re building and hopefully we can progress from this next year.”
After just 117 seconds,Luke Shaw
scored the fastest goal in European Championship final history, butLeonardo Bonucci
equalized and Italy won the penalty shootout.
We were playing against a very good side,
” Kane continued. “
We got off to the perfect start. Maybe dropped a little too deep sometimes
“They had a lot of the ball. We looked fairly in control, they didn’t create too many chances. They got their breakthrough from the set piece and after that was 50-50.
“In extra time we grew into the game and had a few hafd chances. Penalties is penalties. We went through a process. The boys did everything they could, it just wasn’t our night.”
Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho came on late in extra time to assist on penalties but missed both before 19-year-old Bukayo Saka missed a crucial penalty.
Harry Kane was asked what he told the players who missed their penalties: “
You’ve got to hold your heads high. It’s been a fantastic tournament
“Anyone can miss a penalty. We win together, we lose together. We’ll learn and grow from it. Those boys will grow from it, and it will give us more motivation for the world cup next year.”
In the end, the captain spoke about the performance of the Three Lions in the tournament and stressed that they must continue to improve.
“We should be extremely proud as a group of what we have achieved, we’re all winners and want to win so it will probably hurt for a while and it will hurt for the rest of our careers, but that’s football. We progressed well form Russia and now is about continuing that.”