Harry Kane was ready to take two penalties and says: “I can’t fault my preparation.”

England suffered a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat to World Cup holders France, as Harry Kane missed the opportunity to level from the spot, hitting the ball over the bar.

Kane emphatically dispatched his first penalty to equalise early in the second half before Olivier Giroud headed home to put Didier Deschamps’s side back in front.

Mason Mount was fouled in the penalty area by Theo Hern├índez which gave Kane the chance to level the score in the 84th minute but unfortunately for England, he couldn’t replicate his first penalty.

Asked if the first penalty impacted his thinking, Kane told ITV: “No. I’m always someone who prepares for getting one or two penalties in a game, I always have an idea of what I want to do.

“I can’t fault my preparation or anything like that, it was just the execution on the night. The first pen was great, the second one I didn’t quite hit it how I wanted to.

“I have to take it on the chin, it will hurt for sure, the whole game will hurt. As the captain, I’ll take that, but I couldn’t be prouder of the boys.

Mark Marston | GWFN

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