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Harry Kane’s missed penalty was ‘justice’, insists France midfielder Adrien Rabiot

The Three Lions skipper was unable to put his side level again late at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday night, netting a second penalty over the crossbar after Olivier Giroud restored France’s lead with a header close to the pole.

Kane previously made it 1-1 from 12 yards with an adamant effort to past Tottenham team-mate Hugo Lloris and equalize Wayne Rooney as England’s all-time leading goalscorer after the excellent Bukayo Saka was brought down by the first French striker Aurélien Tchouameni.

The second penalty was awarded when substitute Mason Mount was awkwardly ushered into the box by Theo Hernandez, with Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio eventually pointing out the spot after being instructed by VAR to consult the pitchside monitor.

Relief: Adrien Rabiot and Olivier Giroud celebrate after Harry Kane’s missed penalty for England against France in Qatar

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The general consensus among fans and pundits seemed to be that both England penalties were justified, while a third could well have been imposed sooner after a risky challenge from Dayot Upamecano on Kane.

However, France midfielder Rabiot questioned the late call and claimed justice had been served with Kane’s shocking failure.

“First of all, I’m not sure it’s really a fault. We have seen hundreds of actions like this that are not given,” he said.

“Of course, when he missed, we were happy, it was fair because there was no penalty.”

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