England’s Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

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Mario Mandzukic shot past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute and Croatia closed out a 2-1 victory to reach its first World Cup final.

"We created some good chances, being 1-0 up we got a little too deep at times and didn't get enough pressure on the ball".

"I'd be amazed if we didn't learn in the next few days he's (Kane) been carrying an injury since the Colombia game", Neville said on ITV.

"As a player I know I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people", he said.

"You've had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in".

After defeating Sweden in a 2-0 show of force last weekend, the Three Lions qualified for their first semi-final since 1990, but winning against Croatia tonight would've marked the end of an even longer dry run. That team also exceeded expectations and won the adulation of fans at home with a beloved center forward who played for Tottenham.

At this year's World Cup, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play. An energetic first 30 minutes reaped only a single goal from Kane.

"It hurts, it'll hurt for a while, but we can hold our heads up high".

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They beat Germany 3-0 in the last eight but were then beaten by hosts and eventual winners France despite taking the lead. England don't have a Modric - few teams do - but they have to learn how to control games better against top-class teams.

"You've got all these other teams that are struggling at the minute, and with teams sitting so deep, to go 5 - 0 up against any team at global level is pretty good going".

Against Croatia, when the late chance came again, Kane could only guide it wide.

"There's a lot we could have done better, but they played well". "We restored some pride back into the shirt, which was an important thing for us to do".

For Kane, who has scored 20 or more Premier League goals four seasons running, it was not until after the 2014 World Cup that he established himself at the top level.

England will face Belgium for the third place play-off match on Saturday at 3pm.

"We're looking forward to finishing strong and whatever happens we can say we're proud of each other", said Kane. "Now, everyone has loved the last three weeks and everyone can be proud of that".

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