Sam Allardyce blames England's World Cup exit on Tottenham's Harry Kane

Harry Kane of England acknowledges fans after his team lost the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow,...

In the eyes of Sam Allardyce, England crashed out of the World Cup thanks in part to some poor finishing by Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Danijel Subasic of Croatia saves from an Harry Kane of England shot during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018...

England's World Cup dream was shattered on Wednesday as Croatia booked their place in the final with France, after beating the Three Lions 2-1 in extra time.

It all started so well for Gareth Southgate's heroes, with Kieran Trippier curling a free-kick into the top corner inside five minutes. But Croatia hit back through Ivan Perisic to force extra time, where Mario Mandzukic then finished past Jordan Pickford to confirm that football, contrary to popular belief, isn't coming home just yet.

Watching the game like everyone else was former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce, who would have been in charge of England in Russia had he not resigned in September 2016 following an undercover Daily Telegraph investigation.

Big Sam's take on the heartbreaking defeat was that it might have been different had Tottenham striker Harry Kane not fluffed his lines with a golden chance in the first half.

He said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, as quoted by talkSPORT: "What went against us was that the quality of our own finishing in open play - it let us down.

"Had we gone in 2-0 up, I don’t think there was any chance Croatia would have recovered from that. Particularly the double miss from Harry - as a striker, you’re employed not to miss those chances when they come along.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

"I don’t want to be unkind to Harry Kane, because he’s an absolutely brilliant striker, but Raheem Sterling was in a much better position and that little ball across the box and a little tap in would have made it more certain."

Allardyce may have a point that Kane should have either squared it to Sterling or converted at the second time of asking, but as a striker he was always going to take the chance on himself, and the angle was fairly tight.

Allardyce's remarks have not gone down well with the Spurs faithful, and nor anyone for that matter. The consensus is that England probably went further in the tournament under Southgate than they ever would have under Allardyce, and that they simply lost to the better team in Croatia.

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