France’s World Cup stars “couldn’t believe Harry Kane took England’s second penalty of the quarter-final and thought someone else would step up”… before the Three Lions captain smashed his decisive kick over the bar after scoring one.
France were shocked to see Harry Kane take the second penalty on Saturday night as the England captain’s resulting miss sent England to a quarter-final defeat against their rivals.
French journalist Julien Laurens claimed Les Bleus ‘couldn’t believe’ Kane had stepped up to take the second spot-kick in the closing minutes of the last eight fixtures, which he went on to blaze over the bar in Qatar.
Laurens points to the Champions League tie with Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt in October, where Kane took two penalties, scoring the first and firing the second over the top of the goal frame.
Julien Laurens revealed the France squad ‘couldn’t believe’ Harry Kane took the penalty
Kane had the opportunity to draw England level in the dying minutes of the last eight meetings
“The French couldn’t believe Kane took the second one,” Laurens said. “They were convinced that someone else would take it. They said it’s impossible.
“If you remember the Eintracht Frankfurt game in the Champions League, he blasted the second penalty over the crossbar.
– It is already something for him to take two penalties in the same match against the same goalkeeper.
“If that goalkeeper is your friend, and they’re really good friends, they see each other outside of football, maybe there’s something in that.”
Kane is undoubtedly the best penalty taker in the Three Lions squad, and probably one of the best in the world.
Saturday’s second effort from 12 yards was just the fourth attempt he has missed for England in his 80 caps and he spurned the chance to become England’s all-time record goalscorer, having equaled Wayne Rooney’s 53 goals earlier in the game.
Kane missed the second penalty he took in similar fashion against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League
Kane now has an 84% success rate from the spot, having missed 11 of his 69 attempts and his third of the season so far against France.
But despite missing the second kick against his Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris, ITV commentator Ally McCoist remained adamant there should not have been any other players to take the crucial penalty.
“If England have someone else’s penalty and they miss it, the criticism is double.
“They would have been crucified.”
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Hugo Lloris celebrated with his side as Kane stood shocked after missing the penalty.
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