Harry Kane hopes that England’s penalty defeat to Italy can inspire them to success in next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Speaking after the game, the captain said that all they could do now was build on what they had achieved, after they became the first men’s England team to reach a major tournament final since 1966.

“We couldn’t have given more. Penalties are the worst feeling in the world when you lose,” Kane told the BBC.

“After that it was 50/50 and penalties is penalties, it just wasn’t our night. Anyone can miss a penalty, those boys are going to grow from it and it will give us even more motivation to do well at the World Cup next year.

“It will probably hurt for the rest of our careers, but that’s football. All we can do is build and learn.”

The Spurs striker tried to focus on the positives of England’s progression under Gareth Southgate, despite falling at the final hurdle on Sunday evening.

Speaking to ITV, he said they had come a long way since their semi final defeat at the hands of Croatia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “(I’ve said to the boys) to hold their heads up high,” he said.

“You know we’ve come a long way since Russia, broke down a lot of barriers, got to our first final in a very long time and we should be very proud of that.

“Of course we want to win, it’s going to hurt for a long time. Penalties are the worst way to lose and unfortunately it wasn’t our night for that.

“It’s not easy to take a penalty in the highest of pressure you’re going to face. We told everyone to stick to their process.

“Sometimes the goalkeeper makes a good save and that’s what happened tonight. We’ll be behind each other all the way.

“We started in the perfect way, but that sometimes puts you in the mindset to drop in and protect the lead.

“’I think that’s what kind of happened to us today. We couldn’t get on the ball as we normally have in games and keep possession.

“Credit to Italy, who are a very good side. We’ll look at things we could have done better, but that’s what we’ve got to learn going forward.

‘I think for sure (it’s) a missed opportunity right now. (It’s) not often you get in the final for your national team. It’s been 55 years since we last won.

‘The opportunity was there for us, but we didn’t take it and that’s what hurts. That’s going to hurt for a long time, but that’s part of the game. We’ve got to get on with it and move on. We need to dust ourselves down.”