Kane ´will be stronger´ for costly penalty miss, claims Henderson

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Harry Kane “will be stronger” for having missed the penalty that saw England eliminated from the World Cup by France on Saturday.

That is the opinion of Jordan Henderson, who was substituted shortly before the Three Lions were awarded a second spot-kick in their 2-1 defeat.

Kane had scored the first to cancel out Aurelien Tchouameni’s first-half goal, but his second attempt cleared the crossbar, meaning an Olivier Giroud header proved to be the winner.

No player in World Cup history has scored more spot-kicks than Kane’s four, with this the first he has missed.

“We know how many penalties Harry has scored for us, how many goals he has contributed to even get us here,” midfielder Henderson told ITV.

“He will be stronger for this in the future. He is a world-class striker and our captain. He will bounce back.”

Henderson concluded “it wasn’t our night”, although he felt it could have been as England went toe-to-toe with the world champions.

“We felt good, the performances were really good, the focus and hunger has been really good,” he added.

“But you have to give credit to France, who are a good team. I still feel it was there for us to win tonight.”



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