According to former striker Alan Shearer, England captain Harry Kane’s missed World Cup quarter-final penalty will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Gareth Southgate’s side bowed out of the tournament in Qatar after the Tottenham striker scored his second late spot kick in a 2-1 defeat by France.
Shearer believes he will live with Kane forever, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “That’s the life of a centre-forward. You put yourself in those positions and it will haunt Harry for the rest of his life.
“But this is what you have to endure as a striker: you win a little and you lose a little.
“Not everyone scores and some occasions count more than others and it will hurt like hell.
“The greatest I’ve ever lost was against Sunderland and it still haunts me to this day.
“He won’t sleep well for a long time, that’s his personality and I know how much it means to him and the rest of the team.
“He’ll think he cost England. We look at him in a different way: he has saved us on many occasions.
“It hurts. It really hurts, but you can imagine how the players feel if it hurts so much.
Despite the quarter-final disappointment, there were reasons to be positive about England’s performance in Qatar.
The emergence of 19-year-old Jude Bellingham as a world-class talent in a major tournament was a particular highlight, but the versatility and options available mean Shearer thinks Southgate – under contract for a further two years – has plenty of reason to continue the work .
“Some people will find a way to criticize, they always do, but it was just for one of those things and I can’t find any criticism of the coach,” he added.
“Yes, it should (stay). I have no doubts about this because in a sense it was successful.
“I know he hasn’t delivered a trophy, but you have to look at the bigger picture – not just this tournament, but others where he’s taken us to a final and a semi-final.
“As far as his future is concerned, I would say stay because there are many very talented players in that English team and he has managed to get the best out of them at different times.
“I think he’s going to look into it in the next couple of weeks and I hope he decides to stay and take us where we want to go and deliver that trophy.”
Another former England forward, Gary Lineker, also believes there are many positives to take away from the tournament and what it means for the future.
“Despite the heartbreak, we should be immensely proud of this young England team. They have talent. They give everything. They have values,” he wrote on Twitter.
“They are a credit to their sport and to our country. And in these times of division and discord, I am an example to all. And they will win.”