England’s Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

Annette Crawford
July 12, 2018

Despite not making the final, England have one more game to play at the World Cup when they face-off against Belgium on Sunday morning (AEST) in the third place play-off. It's been great to get to this stage, but we wanted to go on and win it. It just felt like not since Euro 96 when we were 1 nil up against the Germans, or in 1998 when Michael Owen scored against Argentina and before Beckham got sent off, we - in a major tournament - really had a chance of winning. "They played well and made it difficult for us... it's hard to put your finger of it".

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Three Lions, which is named for the team's crest, has been streamed and downloaded more than 2.5 millions times, so much that it's hit number one on the U.K.'s Big Top 40 chart this week.

"This will hurt for a while but we can hold our heads up, it's been a fantastic journey but we've got to learn from it and take what we can".

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Nearly 20 million people in Britain tuned in for the victory over Sweden, not accounting for the many more who watched in pubs and public viewing areas. We wanted to win it all, " Kane said. "We worked so hard, the fans were awesome, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better. Everyone wants to finish the job and we're excited to try and do that".

He is now at the top of the Golden Boot standings for most goals scored at the tournament with two more than Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.

"As a player I know I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people", he said. I've woken up extremely proud to be English today.

"To inspire kids watching this tournament is awesome because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England".

England would walk away from Russian Federation 2018 with dignity though after progressing further than expected.

"We're looking forward to finishing strong and whatever happens we can say we're proud of each other", said Kane.

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