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‘Hurt’ Kane vows to learn from England & Spurs heartache

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A “hurt” Harry Kane aims to move on from a painful week and challenged the England team to learn from their second semi-final defeat in a row.

Since returning from almost a two-month absence, Kane lost a Champions League final at Tottenham and a UEFA Nations League semi-final tie with England in the space of five days.

Despite Kane starting for Spurs last weekend, England coach Gareth Southgate opted to start Marcus Rashford instead on Thursday.

The Manchester United striker put England in front against the Netherlands in Guimaraes by firing home a penalty. But Denzel Dumfries’ challenge meant an injured Rashford came off for Kane.

Just like in last weekend’s Champions League final, though, Holland captain Virgil van Dijk once again had the measure of Kane. Matthijs de Ligt then headed in an equaliser to take the semi-final tie into extra-time.

John Stones and Ross Barkley then committed fatal errors which led to Kyle Walker’s own-goal and Quincy Promes’ late strike to seal Holland a 3-1 win.

“It hurts, it hurts a lot,” admitted Kane, according to Yahoo.

“This week could have been so different and, as a professional athlete, that’s what you dream about.

“You dream about lifting trophies and winning games, so it’ll hurt over the summer. It’s something you can’t just clear out of your mind.

“But I think it’s important, not just for me but for all the lads who’ve had tough years to refresh as much as possible with the mind and body.

“It comes around fast. Before we know it, it will be the Premier League again and we’ll be talking again.

“But it hurts. There’s nothing else I can say. I want to win, the boys want to win and the Spurs boys want to win.

“It wasn’t our week. The only thing you can do is learn from it.”

The Three Lions have now lost two semi-finals in the space of a year after being bested by Croatia at the 2018 World Cup and Holland on Thursday.

“It would have been easier just to take your foot off the gas and be happy with what we achieved,” continued Kane.

“But we got to a semi-final [in a competition] of the best 12 teams in Europe. We had a tough group with Spain and Croatia and we got through. That was progression.

“Of course it hurts a bit to lose in a semi-final like this, but we’re knocking on the door and that’s what we want to take inspiration from.”

Kane and England will be back in action on Sunday in a third-place playoff match against Switzerland in the Nations League. Kick-off will begin at 15:00 (CET).

GUIMARAES, PORTUGAL – JUNE 06: Harry Kane of England in action 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)