Harry Kane's teammates praised for classy gesture after devastating penalty miss
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Harry Kane's teammates have been praised for leaping to the England captain's defence following his penalty miss at the World Cup in Qatar.
The Three Lions skipper blazed his penalty over the bar during the second half of the quarter-final against France, handing Les Bleus a 2-1 victory and sending England crashing out of the tournament.
When the referee blew the whistle for full-time, a devastated Kane sunk to his knees as the cameras immediately turned to him.
But as one camera crew on the pitch attempted to get close to Kane, their advances were batted away by the forward's teammates Jordan Pickford and Kieran Trippier.
Upon seeing Kane drop to the turf, the Three Lions duo raced over to support him and shield him away from any cameras or photographers.
"A bit of respect, please?" Pickford was heard saying.
They weren't overly aggressive to the broadcast crew, which was good to see, although they certainly made their point known in shooing them off.
“Harry Kane’s teammates politely asked for the camera operators to move away from him because he was inconsolable,” BBC correspondent Juliette Ferrington said.
“Jude Bellingham had his shirt over his face and was lying on his back before he got to his feet. When Rashford’s free-kick went over Harry Kane looked to the sky.”
France goalkeeper and Kane's Tottenham teammate Hugo Lloris was also one of the first to console the England captain.
Now it’s about using the experience to be mentally and physically stronger for the next challenge. Thanks for all the support throughout the tournament - it means a lot. 🦁— Harry Kane (@HKane) December 11, 2022
Once the dust had settled on a heart-breaking night, Kane bravely took to social media to have his say.
He tweeted: "Absolutely gutted. We’ve given it everything and it’s come down to a small detail which I take responsibility for. There’s no hiding from it, it hurts and it’ll take some time to get over it but that’s part of sport.
"Now it’s about using the experience to be mentally and physically stronger for the next challenge. Thanks for all the support throughout the tournament - it means a lot."
Fans were quick to rally behind England's main man, flocking to the comments section of his post to show their support with kind messages.
The post itself also received nearly 400,000 likes in 12 hours.