England fans have been left heartbroken after the Three Lions were knocked out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup by France. Gareth Southgate’s side lost 2-1 to Les Bleus in a hard-fought quarter-final clash in Al Khor. France pulled ahead in the first half after Real Madrid midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni found the back of the net with a shot from 25 yards out.
Spurs striker Harry Kane brought England level in the 54th minute after tucking away a penalty following a foul on Arsenal star Bukayo Saka.
AC Milan forward Olivier Giroud, who overtook Thierry Henry as France’s all-time top goalscorer after facing Poland, put Les Bleus back in the lead after connecting with a cross from Antoine Griezmann.
England players felt aggrieved during the match about some of the decisions made by Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio.
However, England’s captain was handed an opportunity to draw the Three Lions level for a second time with less than 10 minutes to go after French fullback Theo Hernandez clattered into Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
The 29-year-old uncharacteristically blazed the ball over the bar, much to the disappointment of Three Lions fans in Qatar and England.
Footage from a fan zone near Wembley Stadium showed England supporters holding their heads in their hands as they could be heard shrieking following the miss.
An England supporter in Manchester covered his face with the flag of St George after the final whistle was blown.
But one fan in Qatar appeared to call on Southgate to drop Kane after yet more heartbreak for England fans from 12 yards out.
Speaking to TalkSport, the fan said: “Harry Kane, in my opinion, is three years past his sell-by-date.
“He [Southgate] needs to start bringing those young boys through.
“Get rid of Kane, he’s nothing but a disappointment now.”
He added: “I would have given [Newcastle striker Callum] Wilson a good crack of that.
“Wilson would have played that line fantastically.”
England also lost to Italy in the 2020 European Championship Final last year after taking Roberto Mancini’s side all the way to a penalty shootout.
However, other fans took to social media to share support for Tottenham’s talisman.
TalkTV host and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan said: “You won’t meet a more decent honest footballer or person than Harry Kane – or a better leader of the England team. Absolutely heartbreaking for him.”
Ex-Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney added: “Absolutely gutted for the lads but proud of the way they’ve played this tournament and they should be proud.
“Congratulations to Harry Kane on equalling the record.
“He’ll be on his own soon and couldn’t think of anyone better to take over. Keep your head up Harry.”
Spurs supporter and Apprentice star Lord Alan Sugar also wrote: “Terrible pressure on Harry Kane. It happens. His heart is all in for England and Spurs. A great professional. We love you, Harry.”
Kane, who is one year younger than Wilson, became England’s joint top all-time goalscorer after finding the back of the net on two occasions in Qatar.
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He looks set to become Spurs’ most prolific player, finding himself just six goals short of overtaking World Cup winner Jimmy Greaves, and could even snatch Alan Shearer’s Premier League record with a few more fruitful seasons at White Hart Lane.
Commenting on the defeat, England’s captain said: “I’ll take responsibility for that.”
Southgate added: “He [Kane], as you expect, is very, very low.
“But he’s got nothing to reproach himself for.
“We are in the position we are, as a team, because of his leadership, because of his goals over a long period of time.
“Tonight, the result is the result because of 100 minutes of football.”
Kane’s England teammates also visibly supported their captain.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford tried to stop TV cameras from filming a distraught Kane after the final whistle as he urged them to show “a bit of respect”.
Manchester City defender Kyle Walker told ITV: “If there’s anyone I would want to step up to take the penalty it would be him.”
He added: “We’re a team. We win together, we lose together.”