Harry Kane, captain of England, stated that penalties are the worst feeling ever, that his team gave everything to achieve the victory and that this it will hurt them for the rest of their careers.
England lost the Euro Cup final at home, at Wembley, against Italy after the penalty shoot-out.
“I couldn’t have given more. The boys couldn’t have given more. Penalties are the worst feeling in the world when you lose. It was not our night, but it was a fantastic tournament and we should hold our heads high. Of course it’s going to hurt now and for a while, but we’re on the right track. “Kane said.
“We played against a very good team. We had the perfect start and they had the ball, but we were controlling it, they didn’t have many chances. Their moment came with the set piece. We improved in extra time and we had a chance. Then the penalties are penalties. We gave it our all, but it wasn’t our night “, he pointed.
“It has been a great tournament and anyone can miss a penalty”
Kane also explained what he told players who missed penalties.
“You have to keep your head up. It has been a great tournament and anyone can miss a penalty. We win together, we lose together. We will learn and grow from here. This will give us more motivation for the World Cup next year. ”
“We should be very proud as a group of what we have achieved. We want to always win, so this will hurt for the rest of our careers, but that’s football,” Kane concluded.
Southgate: “We can’t recriminate ourselves at all”
For its part, Gareth Southgate, English coach, I assure you your team cannot blame itself for anything, although he described the defeat as painful and disappointing.
“We are tremendously disappointed because the players deserve it all. They have given everything tonight, they have left their skin in the field. They’ve played really well at times, keeping the ball, especially early in the second half, “Southgate said.
“They cannot recriminate anything. It has been a pleasure working with them and they have gone further than ever in this tournament, although tonight we have such great pain in the dressing room,” he added.
On what he will tell players who missed penalties, Southagte noted that he will keep it private.
“That concerns me. I choose pitchers based on what I see in practice. No one is alone in this. We have won together as a team before and today it is our fault that we did not win the match. As for penalties, the decision is mine. ”
“We are together. They have given the country some incredible moments and tonight is going to be difficult for everyone. It is normal to be disappointed because the chances to win trophies like these are very few in life. But when they realize what they have achieved, they should be very proud of themselves, “concluded Southgate.