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FIFA WORLD CUP - 2022 - QUARTER-FINAL England 1 France 2

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England 1-2 France

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England's World Cup campaign ended in disappointment as they went out despite a fine performance in the quarter-final against France at Al Bayt Stadium.

Harry Kane's late penalty miss proved decisive after he had earlier equalled Wayne Rooney's England record of 53 goals from the spot.

France took a 17th-minute lead when Aurelien Tchouameni's 25-yard drive beat Jordan Pickford low to his right.

England were the better team for long spells and created chances, deservedly pulling level nine minutes after the break when Kane beat Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris in convincing fashion with his penalty after Tchouameni fouled Bukayo Saka.

France regained the lead 12 minutes from time when Olivier Giroud headed in Antoine Griezmann's perfect cross but England had a swift chance to draw level when Theo Hernandez fouled substitute Mason Mount in the box.

Kane had the opportunity make history but uncharacteristically blazed his penalty over the top and England's World Cup dream was over as France look forward to a semi-final against Morocco.

This will be a hard one to lift themselves from for these England players.

England players.Credit: Getty

They had the chance with minutes remaining to peg France back but the normally dependable Harry Kane sent his penalty sailing over the bar.

Credit: AFP

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