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France captain Hugo Lloris says “it wasn’t easy to find the words” when he texted Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane after his side knocked England out of the World Cup in Qatar.
Three Lions skipper Kane missed a penalty against goalkeeper Lloris underneath France’s 2-1 win on Saturday.
They will be reunited as team-mates on December 26, when Spurs face Brentford in the Premier League.
“It’s a difficult time for England the national team and Harry,” said Lloris.
“We had a text message after the game. It wasn’t easy to find the words. He needed some time to rest.
“I think he can be proud of what he has done for the national team.
“In the history of football, many top players have missed penalties in their careers – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo – but I have no doubt that Harry will keep his chin up and help Tottenham and the national team shine.”
Lloris’ France play Morocco in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday as they continue their defense of the title they won four years ago in Russia.
Morocco have been the surprise package in Qatar, having beaten Belgium, Spain and Portugal en route to the last four.
“It will be a hostile atmosphere inside the stadium, but we are ready for anything,” Lloris added.
“Obviously, it’s already a success for Morocco – but believe me, they won’t stop here.
“They want to become even more of a hero for their country. We are preparing to answer the demands of a World Cup semi-final – it doesn’t matter the opponent.”
France coach Didier Deschamps, his players had been prepared for the “loud support” Atlas Lions will have at Al Bayt Stadium.
“I don’t like the term hostile to the environment because it’s negative,” he said. “They have a lot of support, which is helpful for them.
“It’s very noisy and my staff have told the players about it. It’s not going to score goals but it’s great to have such a high level of support.
“When you prepare for a game, you have to prepare for the atmosphere – my players know what to expect.”
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