David Beckham responds to Harry Kane's missed penalty, says losing is the 'worst feeling'

David Beckham hailed ‘true leader’ Harry Kane in the aftermath of missing a late penalty in the World Cup quarter-final defeat by France.

David Beckham defends Harry Kane
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David Beckham defends Harry Kane

David Beckham becomes the latest high-profile name to come in defence of England captain Harry Kane. The Three Lions star missed a late penalty on Sunday night in the 2-1 defeat by France. As England was unable to breach France’s defence during the match, they were dumped out of the world cup by the reigning champions.

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Harry Kane – a true leader

In the aftermath of defeat, things looked grim and sombre for the team, especially for the 29-year-old captain. Amidst this, the ambassador of the Qatar World Cup – David Beckham – has come forward to defend the team and its captain.

Beckham was in the stands at the Al Bayt Stadium when England was sent home by France. According to Metro.co.uk, the former footballer believes that England should be proud of their performance in the match.

In a touching tribute made to the team on social media, Beckham penned down his feelings in an Instagram caption. He said:

Our boys will continue to grow.. It’s always the worst feeling waking up after being knocked out of a tournament but our players, Gareth the staff and all our fans can be proud of this team…
It takes a true leader to step up in these moments and that’s what our captain did, the next time it will be a different ending we walk away with our heads held high @england.

It’s a team effort

Three Lion boss Gareth Southgate made a similar comment to that of Beckham after the match. Mirrorreported that Southgate emphasised winning or losing as a ‘team’ to defend the captain. He said:

For me, we win and lose as a team. We conceded two and missed a few chances.
Harry’s been incredible for us, so reliable in those situations. We wouldn’t be here but for the number of goals he’s scored for us.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane took the ‘responsibility’ for England’s World Cup exit after the game.

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Metro.co.uk: ‘Next time it will be a different’ – David Beckham proud of England despite World Cup exit and praises ‘true leader’ Harry Kane

Mirror: David Beckham hails "true leader" Harry Kane in touching message to England captain

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