ENGLAND legends have rallied around the Three Lions after their heartbreaking World Cup quarter-final defeat by France.
Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Gary Lineker and Sir Geoff Hurst all commended Harry Kane and co for their heroic efforts that night.
Gareth Southgate’s side lost 2-1 to the reigning champions, with Kane missing a late penalty to level the game after already scoring a penalty.
Kane equaled Rooney’s record as England’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals before his second penalty missed a chance to take the overall record.
But a “proud” Rooney urged Kane to keep his “chin up” after his agony.
He wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely disappointed in the boys but proud of how they played this tournament and they should be proud.
“Congratulations to @HKane on achieving the record, he will soon be on his own and couldn’t think of anyone better to take over. Cheer up, Harry.”
Beckham also hailed the “true leader” Kane for having the guts to stand up for England from the spot.
He wrote on Instagram: “Our boys will continue to grow.
“It takes a true leader to rise in those moments and our captain did that. Next time there’s going to be a different ending, we’ll walk away with our heads held high.”
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Lineker, meanwhile, is convinced that this current generation of young stars will lead the nation to stardom.
He wrote: “Heartbreaking once again but no shame in losing to an excellent French team and congratulations to them.
“There was so little choice between the two sides. This fine young @England team have given their all and will only get better.
“Your time will come.”
And Hurst, who won the 1966 World Cup with England, couldn’t be prouder of the Three Lions’ efforts.
He wrote: “Proud of every single player and the way they played. Sometimes the heart just doesn’t get what it wants in one night.”
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