‘I Can’t Fault My Preparation’- Harry Kane Who Missed the Crucial Penalty for England at the FIFA WC Says He Will Have to Live With It for the Rest of His Career

Published 12/12/2022, 4:30 AM EST

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Getting knocked out in the FIFA World Cup is one of the most heart-wrenching moments for any soccer player. Even fans feel devastated when their team is eliminated from the most prestigious tournament. In the past 3 days, the world has seen two legends crying. Soccer superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are out of the competition. Their dreams of lifting the trophy this year are shattered as Portugal lost to Morocco and Croatia knocked Brazil out. However, both of them wouldn’t be sad like Harry Kane for getting knocked out.

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It can be painful to see your team lose when you are trying to do everything to win. However, knowing your team’s journey is over because you missed a key chance is a different kind of pain. This is what Harry Kane must be feeling, as he missed a penalty by which England could have equalized against France.

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Harry Kane opens up about the missed penalty

France has knocked England out of the World Cup. Harry Kane scored a goal for England and kept fighting for his team. But in the end, fans will remember him for the penalty he couldn’t convert into a goal, missing the significant chance to equalize the score.

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While reminiscing about this, Kane said, “I can’t fault my preparation or the detail before the game... of course, it’s something I will have to live with and take on the chin… But all we can do is, be proud of each other and know that the team is in a really good place for the future.”

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Harry also talks about his preparation for the game and how he does not overthink his penalties. Team England’s manager Southgate spoke to the press about the missed penalty and said, “As you’d expect, he is very, very low, but he has nothing to reproach himself for.” It looks like the team is standing behind the 29-year-old striker. This kind of support is good to have.

England’s FIFA WC 2022 Journey

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The English team started the campaign with a bang. They destroyed Iran’s defense and beat them 6-2 with two amazing goals from Raheem Sterling. England then faced the USA and, due to a magical performance by the USMNT defense, the match ended as a goalless tie. England’s attack bounces back against Wales by winning 3-0 on the back of Rashford’s two goals.

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The knockout stage started, and England faced Senegal, defeating them easily by 3-0. Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson, and Bukayo Saka scored for their team. The undefeated run, however, came to an end when they faced the mammoth that is France. The reigning champs and one of the hot favorites to win the tournament defeated the English team by 2-1.

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France is now set to face Morocco, who is on the run of their life as they have just knocked Portugal out of the tournament. Only time will tell who will get to the monumental final, and we will have the rightful owner of the golden trophy in just 6 days.

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Rishabh Chaudhary

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Rishabh is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports, coming with a year of experience in digital marketing and 19 years of being a sports fan. Like most people in India, he started by watching cricket and then all sports. He writes poetry and songs in his free time and plays FPS games like Valorant and CSGO.
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