Harry Kane: 'We are young, we have to learn from this'

Thursday 25 Jun 2015
Dejected Harry Kane hopes to learn from Euro experience

Despite hurting at England early Euro exit, Harry Kane says the Under-21s have to learn from their experience in Czech Republic.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker and his team-mates were defeated 3-1 by Italy in their final group game on Wednesday evening, resulting in their elimination from the UEFA U21 Championship Finals.

With Portugal drawing against Sweden in Group B's other match, a draw would have taken England to the semi-finals.

Harry Kane

Kane and England finished bottom of the group

However, they conceded two quick-fire first-half goals as Andrea Belotti and Marco Benassi put the Azzurri in front. 

Benassi went on to score Italy's third with a header before Nathan Redmond pulled back a consolation late on.

“All the lads are gutted – we were all so excited to be here and it’s gone so quickly,” Kane told BBC Sport.

The Three Lions were hit by an injury to Saido Berahino prior to kicking off the tournament and suffered a further blow when winger Alex Pritchard was forced out through injury after the victory over Sweden.

'We are young players and these are the experiences we have to learn from'

Harry Kane on Euro exit

The experience of those setbacks and the pain of elimination are something that the 21-year-old forward is hoping to learn from as he continues his development.

“We have given it our all and things just haven’t gone for us over the tournament,” he added. 

“But we are young players and these are the experiences we have to learn from and try and move on.”

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer