Kane says England defeat will hurt for a long time

Kane says England defeat will hurt for a long time

The rise of Harry Kane from the year 2015 has been dramatic and given his club Tottenham trophy aspirations, something they lacked over the years.

"To meet any heroes from '66 is incredible".

Goals from Ivan Perisic levelled and Mario Mandzukic clinched a 2-1 extra-time win for Croatia, to secure a place in Sunday's final against France. "His team-mates play at top clubs, it's going to be a hard task but if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like against Argentina, if we're compact, I don't believe there will be problems".

"I cannot imagine what will happen if Croatia were to win the World Cup, I really can't". Of course, it's sad to lose when you're so close to the final game.

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As World Cup fever mounts back home during a long summer heatwave, the country is hopeful of reaching a first final in more than half a century.

"We shouldn't be surprised that Croatia are in the last four at a World Cup, given the quality of players", said Dalic, who only took over as coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign. I'm sure there was stuff we could have done better, but we worked as hard as we could. "Everyone wants to finish the job and we're excited to try and do that". "I'm just hoping he's recuperated really well for this one".

Kane is also the front-runner for the contention of the prestigious FIFA Golden Boot. he has also won the Premier League Golden Boot twice and England's player of the year in 2017.

"To inspire kids watching this tournament is awesome because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England. They know we've got beaten but we've come so far".

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