World Cup 2022:Harry Kane Explains Why He Missed the Penalty vs France
- Harry Kane has said that his execution for his second penalty against France wasn't good
- Kane had the chance to put England level with France in the quarter-final of the 2022 World Cup but missed the penalty
- Kane had earlier scored a penalty to put the game 1-1
- Olivier Giroud scored a 77th-minute header to give the reigning world champions the lead
England captain Harry Kane has said his penalty miss against France will for a long time but reiterated that he was proud of his teammates after another World Cup exit.
Kane had the chance to make the game 2-2 but couldn't convert his second spot kick of the night, blazing it over the bar.
France were set for a semi-final berth when Olivier Giroud scored in the 78th minute from a sublime cross from Antoine Griezmann.
The reigning world champions took the lead in the 17th minute through a stunning long-range strike from Aurelien Tchouameni, the BBC reports.
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Kane brought England level just after half-time from the spot and it looked like they would take the lead but a superb performance from France keeper Hugo Lloris kept them at bay.
After Giroud's header, Kane was presented with an opportunity to become England's all-time goalscorer. However, he blazed his penalty over the bar, ending the Three Lions' World Cup dream.
Kane's penalty theory
After the match, Kane said he had a plan of what to do when he gets two penalties in a game, according to the Mirror.
The miss will hurt Kane since he missed it six minutes from time. The miss was also a culmination of England's failure to take their chances against the porous defence of France.
Kane said he was prepared for the penalties.
"I’m always someone who prepares for, if I get one penalty in a game, two penalties, I always have an idea of what I want to do. I can’t fault my preparation or anything like that."
He said he didn't execute the second one properly.
"It was just the execution on the night. The first one was great and the second one, I just didn’t quite hit it how I wanted to."
However, England bowed out with their heads held high after a solid performance against France who were pre-tournament favourites.
Kane will be 33 in the 2026 World Cup and would likely be involved for the Three Lions who look to end their 56-year World Cup drought.
Okocha on why Kanes missed the penalty
Sports Brief earlier reported on former Nigerian international Jay-Jay Okocha explaining why Kane missed the penalty.
He said that Kane was nervous before taking a second spot-kick against France.
The penalty was against his Tottenham Hotspur teammate Hugo Lloris who probably played a part in Kane's miss.
Source: Sports Brief News