Written By Onyeka Daniel
The World Cup is over and for many players, it’s a tournament to forget, except of course for the players of Argentina who lifted the trophy in Qatar. For England striker Harry Kane especially, it is a tournament to forget after the Three Lions got knocked out by France in the quarter-final stage, losing 2-1.
But Kane had a chance to give his team a liefline in the game. He scored their first goal from the spot but blazed the second over the bar when presented with a second chance to pull them level six minutes before the final whistle.
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“I’ll probably remember it for the rest of my life, but that’s part of the game. It’s not going to affect me as a player or as a person. I’ll keep working hard to improve,” Kane told the Evening Standard newspaper.
“After it happened, I just wanted to play again as quick as possible and get it out of my head. It’s something you have to deal with…. It was a tough moment for me. It’s never an easy thing to go through, but it’s part of the highs and lows of our sport.”
Despite the huge miss and what it means for the country, Kane hasn’t let it weigh him down as he’s already firing from all cylinders for Tottenham since the resumption of club football.
Already, he has two goals from three games, including a brace against Crystal Palace recently. “I had a bit of time away after, just to reflect, and it’s made me even more hungry to come back and be successful. So nights like last night (against Palace) are always good for me and the team, and it was much needed after the last couple of results,” Kane added.
“I’m really happy (he’s staying),” Kane said on the decision of Gareth Southgate to continue as the coach of the English national team. “I feel like there’s some unfinished business there and he’s a fantastic coach.
“We’ve been close now on a few occasions. We looked strong in the tournament and it was small details that ended up not going our way. It will be nice to have another go at the Euros with the same team and staff. “He’s been fantastic for me and a lot of other players. Business starts in March again and we’ll be ready.”
Manchester United have completed the signing of Jack Butland from Crystal Palace on a loan move until the end of the season as they look to shore up their goalkeeping options.
After Martin Dubravka was recently recalled from his loan at Manchester United, returning to Newcastle, the Red Devils have just Tom Heaton and David De Gea available, hence the need to bring in another goalkeeper.
Butland wasn’t playing regularly for Crystal Palace so he’s a player who’s used to playing as a backup. With De Gea out of contract at the end of the season, Butland has a chance to prove himself and potentially become United’s number one if the Spanish goalkeeper decides to leave the club.
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