Fu*** Harry Kane hits back at Alan Shearer after England star criticised for Italy performance
Harry Kane hits back at Alan Shearer after England star criticised for Italy performance
The Three Lions were beaten on penalties by Italy in the European Championship final after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed penalties
Harry Kane disagreed with Alan Shearer that diving too deep was a major problem for England in their Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy.
The Three Lions suffered a penalty shoot-out heartbreak at Wembley as the resilient Azzurri ended a nation's dream.
Substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed penalties as Jordan Pickford's two superb saves were in vain.
Gareth Southgate's men matched Italy in intensity for long spells but ultimately fell short, forcing goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma into little action before he became a penalty hero.
Kane failed to register a touch in the opposition penalty area, proving how much the Three Lions struggled to get their talismanic captain into the game.
Luke Shaw's opening goal inside two minutes came after Kane had dropped into a deeper area and put the ball out to Kieran Trippier.
Shearer believes England initially benefited from Kane but suggested the Tottenham striker was unable to adapt as he had so little impact in Italy's final third.
"Harry Kane, there's a balance when you play as a striker," Shearer said on BBC after the game.
"In the first half he caused them problems because he dropped deep but he didn't have a touch in the 18-yard area for the whole game.
"It was a really tough night for him."
Kane accepted in his post-match interview that England may have dropped too deep after scoring so early at Wembley Stadium.
But the Three Lions skipper thought his side were in control of proceedings despite failing to apply sustained pressure.
"We're playing against a very good team," Kane told the BBC.
"We got off to a perfect start. Maybe dropped a little bit too deep. Sometimes when you score that early it's easy to soak up the pressure and try to hang on and that's probably what happened."
"They had a lot of possession, they had a lot of possession but to be fair we looked pretty much in control.
"We didn't create too many chances, then obviously they got their breakthrough from the standard situation and then it was probably a 50/50.
"In extra time we got into the game, had a couple of half chances, then penalties of course are penalties. We went through our process. The guys did everything they could, it just wasn't our night."
The devastated Kane was optimistic about the future but admitted the defeat would hurt for the rest of his playing career.
"We're all winners and we want to win, so it's going to hurt for a while and it's probably going to hurt for the rest of our careers, but that's football," he added.
"We've done well from Russia and now it's about continuing that. We have a great squad with a lot of young players who are hungry for more football like this. That's all we can do. Build and learn and hopefully go into next year in a better year." Way."
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