England fans devastated as Kane misses from the spot in France thriller


The Prince of Wales spoke of his pride in Gareth Southgate’s team when England fans suffered another World Cup elimination with a missed penalty in their 2-1 defeat to France.

Supporters spoke of a “big missed opportunity” on Saturday, with many believing the winners of the quarterfinals would win the tournament in Qatar.

Despite a brief period of jubilation as Harry Kane converted his first penalty, his second went over the crossbar, causing many to put their heads in their hands and watch in silence.

Fans had complained about a series of refereeing decisions during the match, but the Brazilian referee awarded two penalty kicks to the Three Lions in the second half.

When Kane’s first penalty beat his Tottenham teammate Hugo Lloris, beers and Santa hats were thrown into the air in fan parks across the country.

A VAR intervention led to a foul on Mason Mount and a second penalty chance for Kane, but fans were left wondering what could have been when Olivier Giroud’s header sent the Three Lions home.

England fans in the fan park at Wembley watch sadly as England fall to France / Pennsylvania

William sent a personal message to the England team, saying he was “gutted” for Southgate and the players, adding: “We are all so proud of you.”

After the game, William tweeted: “Gareth, Harry and the entire England team and staff, heartbroken by all of you.

“You put a lot into this tournament and we are all very proud of you. Heads up and the next one!”

Rishi Sunak made good on his promise to wish France well in the semifinals after reaching an agreement with French President Emmanuel Macron before the match.

The Prime Minister tweeted: “Harry and the team gave it their all but it just couldn’t be.

“You can hold your head up tonight. Best of luck to France in the next round.”

The England players gathered their friends and family at the stadium after the match, many looking devastated after the defeat.

Charity Women’s Aid said being let down by the match “is no excuse for abuse”, adding: “The impact this can have on survivors can be much more serious.”

Three Lions fans in Qatar mourned the missed opportunity for the Three Lions to advance to the semi-finals.

Teacher Greg Webster, 37, who lives in Qatar and is originally from Leicester, told the PA news agency: “I’m pretty gutted. We were the best team, it was just a few key moments.

England players after their 2-1 defeat by France in the quarter-final / access point

“Overall I think (Gareth) Southgate has done well, but I don’t see why he bought Mason Mount.”

He said both teams were worthy of the final, adding: “France have lost a few players going in, so it’s definitely a missed opportunity, and other great teams are leaving.”

Mr Webster continued: “You don’t expect Kane to absolutely call the penalty.

“I think the fact that he’s already had one and is taking it against Lloris doesn’t help, I think he got into his own head and tried to do something he doesn’t normally do.”

But Southgate refused to condemn Kane for missing the penalty.

The England manager said: “For me, we win and lose as a team. We have let in a couple of goals and we have missed some opportunities.

“He’s been amazing for us and he’s very reliable for us in those situations. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the number of goals he has scored for us”.

Reflecting on the match away from Al-Bayt Stadium, North Shields’ Paul Wilson, 59, said: “We didn’t take any chances, defensively a mistake, nobody picked up Giroud, big header to be fair, but we were the best.” much better side and if I’m honest this is a huge missed opportunity.

“I don’t think there’s any team left in the tournament that England haven’t been able to go on and beat, but it’s all about putting the ball in the back of the net.

“I know Kane shot over the bar, but you can’t say it’s all his fault because it’s not a huge missed opportunity though.”

He added: “What makes it worse is that every single one of those players sitting in the dressing room will now regret the biggest chance they’ve ever had to win the World Cup.”

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said England deserved to win the match and that the result was “absolutely devastating”.

The referee, Wilton Sampaio, was the subject of a barrage of negative comments from English supporters, following two controversial decisions in the first half.

The official also drew criticism from Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker, who took to Twitter to say: “One of these days, just once, we might get a decision in our favour.”

The Wikipedia page for Mr. Sampaio was also redacted, with the referee being listed as having “lost his guide dog” and as a “Brazilian cheater”. .

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