‘Looked to me’: Gary Neville now shares what Harry Kane did differently before his second penalty last night
England suffered another heart-breaking tournament exit last night at the hands of France.
The Three Lions were the better team on the balance of play, but couldn’t capitalise on their key chances.
Speaking on ITV after the match, Gary Neville was reflecting on the game.
It turned out to be a case of two penalties for Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane.
Kane had a fantastic World Cup, and had recorded more assists than any of his England teammates.
He levelled Wayne Rooney’s England goalscoring record in the second-half from the spot.
As he often does, he buried his penalty past club teammate Hugo Lloris.
However, when given an opportunity to equalise again from 12 yards in the closing moments, he blasted his shot over the bar.
Despite dominating the closing stages, England couldn’t find that all-important second goal.
Neville then shared what he noticed Kane did differently between his two penalties.
Neville shares difference between Kane’s World Cup penalties
After the match, Neville shared what he thought he noticed Kane did differently before his two spot kicks.
“Look, I don’t know I’ll have to measure it,” Neville said.
“But it looked to me like the run-up for the second one might be a little shorter than the first one.
“Like, he was a little bit nearer to the ball than the first one.”
Kane’s penalty technique has been phenomenal throughout his career, and will continue to be the designated taker for club and country.
Lloris guessed the right way for Kane’s second penalty, which may be the reason he lifted the ball to try and beat the Frenchman.
Graeme Souness said before the game that Kane would have shared with his England teammates Lloris’s weaknesses.
In the end, the 35-year-old wasn’t beaten from open play, and made some brilliant saves.
Kane’s time at the World Cup is now over, and Antonio Conte will have to pick him up to focus on Tottenham quickly.
It’s only a matter of time until the 29-year-old becomes his club and country’s record goal scorer.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t break Rooney’s record on the biggest stage.
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