Harry Kane suggested that England were fortuitous to be awarded the controversial penalty against the Netherlands at Euro 2024.

Kane Speaks Out On England's Controversial Penalty

The Three Lions fell behind to a wonder strike from Xavi Simons in the eighth minute.

However, they did not trail for long after VAR handed them a lifeline when it adjudged that Denzel Dumfries had impeded the English skipper inside the box and awarded the Three Lions a penalty.


Kane, known for his composure under pressure, stepped up and converted the spot-kick, levelling the score.

The penalty decision drew sharp criticism from several quarters.

ITV pundit, Gary Neville, labelled the decision a “disgrace,” echoing the sentiments of many who felt that the call was unjust.

Co-commentators Ally McCoist and Lee Dixon also expressed their bewilderment at the video referee’s intervention.

Even Kane acknowledged the contentious nature of the decision while humorously suggesting that his foot was “hanging off” to jokingly justify the penalty decision.

Speaking to reporters, Kane said: “My foot’s hanging off so he definitely caught me!

“Sometimes you get them sometimes you don’t.


“I was happy to step up and see that go in the back of the net.

“It was a nice feeling for sure.”

Set To Face Spain

In the second half, Kane appeared to struggle, leading to Gareth Southgate’s bold decision to substitute him.

The England manager’s gamble paid off when Kane’s replacement, Ollie Watkins, scored a dramatic winner in the 90th minute.

Watkins’ goal ensured a 2-1 victory for England and secured their place in the final.

Kane praised Watkins’ readiness and contribution, stating, “We talk about being ready.

“We’re a big team at being ready.

“When it matters, you might get five minutes, or one minute, but you can make a difference, you can win us a tournament.

“He’s been waiting, he’s been patient.

“What he did was outstanding, and he deserves it.”

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With the victory over the Netherlands, England advanced to the European Championship final for the second consecutive time.

They are set to face Spain on Sunday in Berlin which presents an opportunity for Gareth Southgate’s squad to exorcise the ghosts of the Wembley final against Italy and lift the championship.

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