England captain Harry Kane 'gutted' to be knocked out by Croatia — but he could still win the golden boot

Business Insider | 7/11/2018 | Alan Dawson
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Harry Kane was left "gutted" by England's elimination at the semifinal stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Croatia dumped England out of the tournament after a 2-1 win in extra-time.

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England manager Gareth Southgate said he did not believe his side could have given any more than what they had, but must now rally the team ahead of the third-place playoff on Saturday.

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There will not be many Englishmen more gutted at the national team's 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal loss, than captain Harry Kane and manager Gareth Southgate.

In Wednesday's clash against Croatia, it was a case of delight to despair, as England threw away a 1-0 lead and allowed Croatia back into the game in the second half, before eventually getting knocked out of the tournament by Mario Mandžukić's killer blow in extra time.

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England striker Kane, who is the World Cup's top scorer with six goals so far, told ITV after the loss that the team was "gutted" as they "worked so hard."

He said: "It was a tough, 50-50 game. I'm sure we will look back at stuff we could have done better, but it hurts. It hurts a lot, [and will hurt] for a while."

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Before a ball had even been kicked at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, expectations surrounding the England national team were low. But Kane said the team could "hold our heads held high" as they "went further than anybody thought."

He added: "We know we have done everybody proud but we wanted to go on and win it, [so] we have fallen a bit short. It...
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