England 1 France 2: Three Lions out of World Cup as Kane misses late penalty

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EVERYTHING was on the road – a World Cup semi-final towards Morocco, the possibility to dethrone champions France, and England’s all-time goalscoring document. 

Harry Kane, who had roused England after an early French opener, and already thumped dwelling one spot-kick to equal Wayne Rooney’s 53 objectives, took a deep breath, stepped up and ballooned it over the bar. 

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Harry Kane missed a late penalty as England crashed out of the World CupCredit score: Getty
Olivier Giroud's header sealed a 2-1 win for France in today's quarter-final battle

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Olivier Giroud’s header sealed a 2-1 win for France in in the present day’s quarter-final battleCredit score: Getty
England will fly home after missing out on a semi final against Morocco

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England will fly dwelling after lacking out on a semi closing towards MoroccoCredit score: Richard Pelham / The Solar

England’s captain was devastated and England’s goals turned to mud on this desert moonscape north of Doha. 

And so Kane, such an exceptional goalscorer, seems to be destined to finish up as ‘nearly man’. 

Simply as Gareth Southgate’s England group appear to be condemned to the identical destiny. 

After a World Cup semi-final in Russia in 2018, and a Euros closing loss to Italy final 12 months, this merciless quarter-final was technically a step backwards. 

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However England have been glorious in 4 of their 5 video games in Qatar – together with this one, the place they outplayed France for lengthy durations. 

After Aurelien Tchouameni’s early opener, they went for the French jugular and dominated till Kane’s spot-kick equaliser. 

Then, a determined late double blow – a headed winner from Olivier Giroud, adopted Kane’s sky-high penalty.  

It was agony for Southgate and his group – particularly with such an inviting semi-final opponent. 

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Credit score: Getty

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Credit score: Getty

But this, like most elite video games, was a type of ‘fine margins’ – first Harry Maguire permitting Giroud his close-range header, then Kane fluffing the most important second of his profession.  

In rugby they name this fixture ‘Le Crunch’ however this one had far greater stakes than any Six Nations match. 

And, if it was doable, then Morocco’s gorgeous victory over Portugal had cranked up the strain even greater. 

Attracts have a behavior of opening up alluringly for Southgate, over three tournaments, and right here had been a pack of rank underdogs ready within the semis.

And whereas dealing with the world champions was a uncommon exception, France had been with out their Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema in addition to Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. 

There had been no suggestion of any inferiority complicated from England all week. 

Southgate had determined as early as final Monday to call an unchanged group – there was no thought of making use of that notorious Southgate handbrake. 

And Kyle Walker, the person who would mark Mbappe, was adamant that they wouldn’t ‘roll out the red carpet’ and permit France ‘a night at the theatre’.

The pre-match environment was subdued – because it so usually is at this bizarre match the place there have been so comparatively few partisan travelling supporters from all however a handful of countries. 

But regardless of loads of bravado within the build-up England started tentatively – each full-backs, Walker and Luke Shaw, trying particularly susceptible.

After which Mbappe – converse of the satan, as we’d been doing all week set to work.

He turned Declan Rice, darted infield and when Antoine Griezmann laid it again, Tchouameni steered a low shot into the far nook from 20 yards. 

Jordan Pickford most likely ought to have saved it, any variety of England gamers might need prevented however the champions had been swaggering and France had been forward.  

It was the primary time England had been behind this match however it jolted them into motion – Kane particularly.   

A candy Saka reverse-pass discovered Kane, who out-muscled Dayot Upamecano on the flip, and tried to elevate his shot over his Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris, who saved well together with his physique.

Kane, although, was in bull-in-china-shop mode and when he burst previous Upamecano once more, there was a tangle of legs and a VAR examine. 

England had been satisfied however neither Brazilian ref Wilton Sampaio nor his VAR had been moved – it regarded like a visit, however the contact might have began exterior the realm by a fag paper. 

Kane, a wronged man determined for payback, leathered one from 25 yards and Lloris flung himself to show it broad.

This was extra prefer it from England, the French regarded rattled.

After the break, Southgate’s males had been straight again at it.

Bellingham, who had simply been the sufferer of a horrible lunge from Ousmane Dembele, fizzed a shot from 20 yards which Lloris tipped over. 

The equaliser had been properly signposted and it was England’s two youngest starters who engineered it – Saka taking part in a one-two with Bellingham drawing the foul from Tchouameni.

The ref didn’t hesitate and after Kane had re-spotted the ball, he thudded into the nook, sending Lloris the improper manner.

However simply as England has responded aggressively to France’s aim, the reverse was true now. 

Abruptly Adrien Rabiot was clear by way of, the England defence caught with legs akimbo, however Pickford pushed away his fierce drive. 

Mbappe turned on the after-burners and out-paced Walker however Dembele couldn’t get a contact on his centre.   

It was a wide-open, toe-to-toe slugfest now. Griezmann, already booked, was fortunate to remain on after a tactical foul on a scurrying Phil Foden. 

Saka was inflicting extra mischief to France than Mbappe was to England. When the Arsenal man received a free-kick, Henderson delivered and Harry Maguire’s header brushed towards the put up.

However when Shaw misplaced Dembele, he nodded down for Giroud to unleash a close-ramge volley which pressured Pickford right into a advantageous save.

England by no means totally cleared the ensuing nook and when Griezmann delivered a depraved cross, Giroud acquired in entrance of Maguire to thud dwelling a header which gave Pickford no probability. 

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Mason Mount arrived and nearly instantly was barged over within the field by Theo Hernandez, the VAR despatched Sampaio to his monitor.

However Kane stepped up and blazed it into the Gods. 



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