England stars will be ready for third place play-off’
England Captain, Harry Kane, believes his team has learnt valuable lessons from their semifinal defeat by Croatia in the on-going FIFA World Cup in Germany, which would come handy in subsequent competitions.
A heart-broken Kane, whose team took the lead before succumbing to the Croats in the second half on Wednesday, said his young team has learnt from the loss and promised their fans that they would not wait for too long to see the team in another semifinal.Wednesday’s match was the first time England would get to the semifinals of the World Cup since 1990 and Kane believes Gareth Southgate’s team has come to stay among the elite of the game.
“The aim is to make sure England don’t have to wait 28 years until our next World Cup semi-final. That’s why we have to make the most of these experiences.”He described the inability to beat Croatia as a huge disappointment, adding, however, “hopefully, at the World Cup in four years’ time, we can go one step further. The aim is to always improve as a team and as individuals.
The last four weeks has made me hungry to get back here again at the European Championships, as well as the next World Cup. It’s just annoying we have to wait that long. That’s the bad thing and why it hurts so much because you don’t get to play in that many World Cups. To get this far and get so close is going to hurt for a while. But I know we can hold our heads high. I am extremely proud of this team and to lead this team. We just have to go again.
“We have built an amazing foundation. Two years ago, we were in a bad place after Euro 2016, so to pick the nation up and make them feel proud of us again is a big feeling for us.”
Meanwhile, Coach Gareth Southgate is faced with the task of rousing his players from Wednesday’s disappointment to face Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday in St. Petersburg. It is a big challenge as the coach admits that nobody …read more
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