Semi-final loss will hurt for a while, admits England captain Kane

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England easily won that match to reach their first World Cup semi final since 1990, but Kane - who had previously scored in every game he'd played at the tournament - was fairly anonymous and did not seem to be running with his usual speed or enthusiasm.

"As a player and as a professional I know that I have a job, on and off the pitch, to inspire people and inspire kids watching this tournament".

Kane became just the third England player to hit a World Cup hat-trick in the 6-1 rout of Panama, joining Lineker and Geoff Hurst, the star of the 1966 final victory over West Germany.

"The best leader of the line in the world".

The compilation of his goals, assists and skills is a showcase of what he will be bringing at the upcoming semifinals fixture against Croatia at 11:30 PM IST on Wednesday. "But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".

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Lovren has been a rock for Croatia at the World Cup and did not want to dwell on the memories of his performance for Liverpool against Tottenham where he was substituted after 31 minutes in a 4-1 defeat. He had a great attitude. We respect them, of course, and I think they respect us.

"He's just been fantastic, his confidence has grown". What he's achieved has been awesome.

'We worked as hard as we could.it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time. You're never going to read anything about him that's going to be bad news. "He's a proper good guy". "It's going to be a hard task for all of us".

'It's tough, we're gutted, ' he said. As a manager, you'd have gone home that night, if I'm Gareth Southgate, I'd have thought "yes, we've got beat but now look at our group, look where we go from here, look at the path forward". "A bit of a stronger squad, we can bring subs on that would be stronger than theirs".

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