World Cup: Troy Deeney claims he knew Harry Kane would miss his second penalty against France

Troy Deeney claims Harry Kane missed his second penalty against France because his breathing wasn’t right…and insists the ‘England captain’s eyes were all over him’ before he fired his penalty in the World Cup quarter-final.

Troy Deeney insists he knows Harry Kane will miss the second penalty that knocked England out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage.

The Birmingham striker was one of the millions who watched Kane get England back into the match against France with a trademark finish from the penalty spot.

However, the Three Lions captain missed the chance to equalize again when he fired his second penalty over the bar, which saw Gareth Southgate exit the Championship, losing 2–1 to the reigning champions.

Troy Deeney claims he knew Harry Kane would miss the decisive second Qatar penalty

Kane scored the first penalty kick, but hit the second penalty kick on the ball against France

Kane scored the first penalty kick, but hit the second penalty kick on the ball against France

A consistent penalty taker throughout his career, Deeney was convinced Kane would miss his second penalty when he saw him step up to take the kick.

Speaking in his column in The Sun, Denny said: ‘I’ve been taking penalties for years and like anyone who does the job regularly, I’ve missed a few.

Watching England’s World Cup quarter-final loss to France, I thought Kane looked very focused on the first penalty, despite the long delay and chose to return the ball.

Of course, he delivered it home in his trademark way. But for the second time, nothing was right about his breathing and his eyes were all over the place. I wasn’t surprised when he skated on it.

Denny says Ken's breathing wasn't right and his eyes were all over the place

Denny says Ken’s breathing wasn’t right and his eyes were all over the place

Kane has awarded 21 penalties for England, scoring 17 of them, giving him a conversion rate of 81%. Those goals contributed to his total of 53 goals for his county, a record joint with Wayne Rooney.

However, Deeney believes that despite Kane’s exemplary penalty record, it’s always tough when you have the chance to score two kicks in the same match.

He added: “What he probably didn’t do was think about the possibility of a second penalty in the same match.

The Birmingham striker has been a penalty kick taker his entire career and scored a penalty against Reading on Friday night

The Birmingham forward has been a penalty kick taker his entire career and scored a penalty against Reading on Friday night

“Only two or three times in my career have I scored two penalties in the same match. Just two months ago, in Hull, I scored a penalty and then swelled the second.

Taking a second penalty kick can really scramble your mind. And I’m talking Hull against Birmingham in the Championship when we were winning 2-0.

It wasn’t England v France in the World Cup quarter-final, late in the game, when Kane was surely thinking, ‘If I miss this, we’ll be out’.

The England captain, known for his stern penalty-takers, will not be back in competition until Tottenham resume their Premier League campaign against Brentford on Boxing Day.

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