'It hurts, it just hurts': Harry Kane dejected after England lose World Cup semi-final... but admits victorious opponents Croatia were better team
Sports England captain Harry Kane admitted he is 'gutted' after they were knocked out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage by Croatia.It was England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990 and they led through Kieran Trippier's early free kick, however Ivan Perisic equalised and Mario Mandzukic won the match in extra time.Kane said he and his team mates were hurting after their late defeat, however he hoped they could use it as a springboard for success in future tournaments.England captain Harry Kane is 'gutted' after they were knocked out of the World CupMario Mandzukic won the match in extra time as Croatia beat England in the semi finalsKane admitted team was hurting but hoped they could use it for future tournament successAfter the final whistle, Kane told ITV: 'It is tough, we are gutted, we worked so hard and the fans were amazing. It was a tough game, a 50-50 game, I'm sure we will look back and there is stuff we could've done better.'Obviously it has been great to get this stage and we know we have done everyone proud but we wanted to win. It hurts, it just hurts.'It shows we can be up here, that we can win knockout games, can get to semi-finals and the next step is to go one step further. This is a great foundation we have built with the gaffer, we are proud of what we have achieved but we wanted more and are sad we couldn't give our fans a final.'Kane also admitted that Croatia were the better team and deserved their final placeKane hit the post in the first half as England dominated, but after the interval Croatia got on top and by the end of extra time were worthy winners.The Tottenham striker acknowledged this, although he admitted his frustration that he and his team mates had spurned their opportunities.Kane said: 'We created some good chances being 1-0 up, there are lots of ifs and buts and it is hard in these games, it is small margins and it went their way today.'Until they scored we were always under the cosh. There is a lot we could have done better but they played better.'