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PREMIER LEAGUE: Harry Kane admits penalty miss will haunt him for the rest of his life

England captain Harry Kane has admitted he will always be haunted by his World Cup penalty miss against France.

Harry Kane missed a crucial penalty for England against France

The penalty miss by Kane was the biggest individual setback of his senior career but he is determined not to allow it to undermine his performances.

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The penalty miss against France meant Kane remains level with Wayne Rooney on 53 England goals and he will hope to set the record in March when the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign begins with matches against Italy and Ukraine.

He scored twice in Spurs 4-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday to move to within touching distance of Jimmy Greaves club record. Kane has 264 goals in 411 appearances for Spurs, two behind Greaves.

“After it happened, I just wanted to play again as quickly as possible and get it out of my head. It is something you have to deal with,” he told the Evening Standard of the penalty miss. “I will probably remember it for the rest of my life, but that is part of the game. It is not going to affect me as a player or as a person. I will keep working hard to improve.”

Kane was taunted by a section of Brentford fans in his first league game back after the World Cup, although he did score in a 2-2 draw. He was then a part of the dismal 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa before the recovery against Palace.

“It was a tough moment for me,” Kane continued. “It is never an easy thing to go through, but it is part of football, part of the highs and lows of our sport. I had a bit of time away after, just to reflect, and it has made me even more hungry to come back and be successful. So nights like last night [against Palace] are always good for me and the team, and it was much needed after the last couple of results as well.”

While Kane admits it will be hard to move on from the penalty miss, he has to focus on Tottenham and their Premier League troubles. Some of those concerns were calmed by the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace and Kane will be hoping that form can continue.

Kane made clear after the France game that he wanted Gareth Southgate to continue with England and he is delighted that the manager has chosen to do so. “I am really happy,” Kane said. “I feel like there is some unfinished business there and he is a fantastic coach. We have been close now on a few occasions. We looked strong in the tournament and it was small details that ended up not going our way. It will be nice to have another go at the Euros with the same team and staff.”

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