Harry Kane says England will learn from their Euro 2020 penalty shoot-out heartbreak against Italy and come back stronger at next year’s World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten 3-2 by Italy on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw went the distance at Wembley.
Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were brought on in the depths of extra-time by Southgate to take penalties, but both missed as Gianluigi Donnarumma made himself the hero for Italy.
Jordan Pickford made two saves, including from penalty specialist Jorginho, but Donnarumma’s save from Bukayo Saka won it for Italy.
It was a heartbreaking end for England, who had performed so well across the entire competition and held on well against Roberto Mancini’s well-drilled side.
Luke Shaw had given them the lead after just two minutes with a brilliant half-volley but Leonardo Bonucci tapped in from a corner before the drama on penalties.
Kane felt proud of his team-mates and believes they are on the right path, after reaching the semi-finals in the 2018 World Cup.
“I couldn’t have given more, the boys could not have given more,” he told the BBC.
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“It’s easy to try and soak up the pressure and hold onto that – and that’s probably what happened.
“They had a lot of the ball, a lot of possession and, to be fair, we looked fairly in control. They didn’t create many chances.
“Then they got their breakthrough from the set piece and after that it was probably a 50/50. In extra-time, we grew into the game and then penalties – penalties are penalties. We went through a process, the boys did everything they could and it wasn’t our night.”
Kane was seen comforting 19-year-old Saka, who was in tears after seeing his penalty saved, and the Spurs striker explained his message to the teenager.
“You’ve got to hold your heads up high,” he said.
“We’ve had a fantastic tournament and these things can happen. Penalty shoot-outs, you go through your process, you put it where you want to put it but anyone can miss a penalty.
“We win together and we lose together. We’ll learn and grow from it – and it will give us even more motivation to do well in the World Cup next year.
“We should be extremely proud as a group of what we’ve achieved. We’re all winners and we want to win so it’s going to hurt for a while and it’ll probably hurt for the rest of our careers but that’s football.
“We progressed well from Russia and now it’s about continuing that. We’ve got a great squad with loads of young players hungry for more football like this so that’s all we can do. Build and learn and hopefully go into next year in a better way.”