Harry Kane's penalty mistake will haunt him forever, says Alan Shearer

Soccer news Dec 11, 2022

Alan Shearer, a former striker for England, says that England's captain Harry Kane's penalty miss in the World Cup quarterfinals will haunt him forever.

After the Tottenham attacker missed two penalties late in the 2-1 loss to France, Gareth Southgate's team was eliminated from the tournament in Qatar.

As Shearer put it on BBC Radio 5 Live, "It's the life of a center-forward," he thinks he will stay with Kane forever. You placed Harry in such precarious situations, and he will never forget them.

But it would be best if you accepted that there would be successes and failures as life goes on.

Some opportunities are more valuable than others; missing them will sting like hell.

The one I missed against Sunderland was the biggest of my career, and it still bothers me.

He won't be able to sleep for a long time, and I know how much it means to him and the team.

He'll feel like he's cost England a lot. When we consider all the times Christ has come to our rescue, we see things differently.

It's a real pain. We're in a lot of pain, so think about how the athletes must feel.

That's what it's like to play center field. You forced Harry into such situations, and they will be with him forever.

Despite their elimination in the quarterfinals, there were bright spots in England's performance in Qatar.

Shearer believes that Southgate, signed for another two years, has enough reasons to stay in his position because of the variety and choices available. One highlight was the emergence of 19-year-old Jude Bellingham as a world-class player at a big tournament.

"It was simply down to one of those things, and I can't find any criticism of the management," he said.

The answer is yes; he (stays). Given his level of achievement, I have no reason to dispute that.

He may not have won a title yet, but he has led us to the finals and semi-finals of at least two tournaments under his watch.

There are several good players in the England group, and he has been able to get the most out of them at various times, so he should stay around for the foreseeable future.

He'll give it some thought over the next few weeks, and if he does, I hope he stays on to lead us where we want to go and bring home the championship.

Gary Lineker, another former England striker, agrees that the tournament has provided enough lessons for the future.

Despite the loss, we should be very proud of this talented young England team. Talent is what they possess. The sacrifices they make are immense. He said of them on Twitter, "They have morals."

They represent our nation and sport well. They are a model of unity in these contentious times. "And they shall triumph."

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