Kane “weighted down” by tackling Lloris for the decisive missed penalty – Shearer

Harry Kane appeared ‘weighted down’ by the presence of his Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris as his late penalty miss saw England exit the World Cup against France, says Alan Shearer.

Kane equaled Wayne Rooney’s record of 53 goals from the penalty spot for England nine minutes into the second half at Al Bayt Stadium, but scored a second penalty off the bar 30 minutes later as France held on for 2 -1 to the quarterfinals.

Shearer believes the sight of Kane’s teammate between the sticks had an impact on his unfortunate second kick, which he says will hurt the Three Lions captain “for the rest of his life”.

“Having already taken one, the difference was the difference itself. It becomes a mind game, not just with the goalkeeper but with yourself,” wrote Shearer in a column for the Athletic.

“It’s human nature. Who blinks first? To me, Harry looked heavy for his second. Heavier, somehow.

“In that situation, you’re faced with a new set of problems and a new set of siren voices. You think ‘fuck, what do I do now?’

“Do I do the same as last time, do I stick to what I’m good at, do I change it?

“In Harry’s case, he’s playing against his Tottenham Hotspur teammate in Hugo Lloris and that sense of familiarity is insidious. Yes, he’d scored before, but Lloris knows his routines, how he trains, the team he naturally favourites .

“Trust me, everything that plays in your mind in the few seconds between the whistle and the start of the run.

“It will hurt Harry for the rest of his life. Not a day goes by without him thinking about it or being reminded.”

Having taken responsibility for England’s exit in the aftermath of the defeat, Kane pledged to learn from the experience on social media on Sunday.

“Absolutely gutted. We gave it our all and it boiled down to one small detail that I take responsibility for,” Kane wrote on Twitter. “You can’t hide, it hurts and it will take time to get over it, but it’s part of the sport.

“Now it’s about using the experience to be mentally and physically stronger for the next challenge. Thanks for all the support during the tournament, it means a lot.”

Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham also voiced his support for Kane – as well as England boss Gareth Southgate – in a statement released on Sunday.

“Like all England fans, we feel the pain of losing a quarter-final, along with the coaches, players and support squad who are suffering this morning,” the statement read.

“Gareth and Steve [Holland] he prepared the team exceptionally well throughout the tournament. The players were committed to winning the trophy and were very well guided by Harry Kane.

“But the sport can have good margins, and that day, against the reigning world champions, it shouldn’t have been.

“This is a very exciting young English team and despite last night’s intense disappointment, they should be incredibly proud of their performance in Qatar.”

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