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Harry Kane rues “sloppy” England’s blown opportunity

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Harry Kane confessed England were “sloppy” and paid the price for it in their 3-1 defeat semi-final defeat to the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League.

England’s hopes of a first trophy in 53 years came to a crushing end following another loss at the semi-final stage.

Marcus Rashford’s first-half penalty had put the Three Lions in control before Matthijs de Ligt’s 73rd-minute equaliser for Holland took things into extra-time.

Although Jesse Lingard thought he bagged a winner for England only for VAR to disallow his effort. John Stones’ defensive blunder then saw Kyle Walker put the ball into the back of his own net before Ross Barkley’s error led to Quincy Promes grabbing a third goal for the Dutch.

A massive disappointment after being ahead at half-time. We dropped too deep and it took them to equalise for us to step it up again,” said Kane, according to Daily Mirror.

“We scored what we thought would be the winner, but that’s the fine margins in games like this. It’s part of learning as a team, we take that on the chin and that’s the way we want to play.

“That’s what VAR is there for. It’s hard because you think you’ve won but we’ve got to get used to it. I’m sure they got it right.”

The England captain added: “I don’t think the Champions League final affected it tonight, as a squad we are good enough whoever plays.

“This is when the tournaments are going to be, you’ve got to pick yourself up at this stage of the season. We were a few inches away from winning it.

“We made sloppy mistakes giving the ball away, but that’s what we have to learn from. When you come across good teams that’s what they do.”

Kane came on in the second-half for Rashford, but couldn’t make an impact for England in the match.

GUIMARAES, PORTUGAL – JUNE 06: Harry Kane of England and Denzel Dumfries of the Netherlands battle for the ball during the UEFA Nations League Semi-Final match between the Netherlands and England at Estadio D. Afonso Henriques on June 06, 2019 in Guimaraes, Portugal. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)