England have shown we can challenge, says Harry Kane


England have demonstrated they are capable of challenging at tournaments after losing in the World Cup semi-final to Croatia, says Harry Kane.

The Three Lions led early through Kieran Trippier’s free-kick but the Croats battled back to win 2-1 in extra time and reach their first ever final.

“We know we’ve done everyone proud and we wanted to win it. It hurts. We can be up here,” captain Kane told ITV.

“The next step is to go one further. We want more. We’re gutted.”

He added: “We have to dust ourselves down, be proud of what we’ve done and go again in a couple of years.

“This is a great foundation we have built with the gaffer [Gareth Southgate], we are proud of what we have achieved but we wanted more and are sad we couldn’t give our fans a final.”

England – who were playing in only their third semi-final – face Belgium in Saturday’s third place play-off, with Croatia playing France in Sunday’s final.

England boss Gareth Southgate said: “By the end several players were out on their feet and we were down to 10. The reaction from the fans at the end shows you everything they’ve given.

“We’ve come an incredibly long way in a short space of time. The whole thing is beyond where we thought we might go. Tonight we weren’t quite there. But the team will be stronger for it.

“As we reflect, there will be positives but it’s difficult tonight. We were so close to what was unimaginable at the start.

“We’ve left everything out there. We’ll look at the goals and chances but I don’t think we could have given more over these six or seven weeks.

“When you have spells in a game against a quality side you have to make them count. We needed a second goal.”


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