Harry Kane has admitted England’s defeat against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final “will hurt for a while” as Gary Lineker led the tributes to Gareth Southgate’s side on social media.
Mario Mandzukic’s goal in extra time ensured Croatia will face France in the final on Sunday, with England now having to face Belgium in the third‑place play‑off 24 hours earlier. But Kane, who is in pole position to become the first England player since Lineker in 1986 to win the Golden Boot, insisted he was proud of his team’s performance.
“It hurts a lot,” he wrote on Twitter. “It will hurt for a while. We can be proud and we’ll be back. Thanks for all your support. #ThreeLions.”
Jesse Lingard was among the first players to express his sadness at the result and the Manchester United midfielder was full of praise for his teammates.
“Was an honour to represent my country at the World Cup. The squad we have is a great bunch of lads who are willing to learn and give everything and we can hold our heads high. Thank you to everyone who supported our journey. We don’t stop here!”
Source: The Guardian
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