Harry Kane says losing the Capital One Cup final was the “worst feeling in the world” but he is sure it will drive Tottenham on to win silverware of their own.
Tottenham missed an opportunity to end their seven-year trophy drought on Sunday as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley.
The Blues lifted the trophy after what Kane described as “scrappy” and “lucky” deflected goals from John Terry and Kyle Walker, who accidentally turned the ball into his own net from Diego Costa’s cross.
For Kane, a Spurs youth product, losing to one of the club’s biggest rivals on the biggest stage hurt badly.
“I’m gutted for the players, for my team-mates, for the staff, for the club itself,” the Tottenham striker said.
“It’s the worst feeling in the world – losing, and losing in a final on the big stage is even worse.”
The disappointment was clear on Kane’s face as he begrudgingly accepted his runner’s up medal after climbing the Wembley steps with the rest of his downcast team-mates.
A few minutes later, Jose Mourinho and his side trod the same path and lifted the trophy as Kane and his Spurs team-mates watched on from below.
Although it was a disheartening experience, Kane hopes the bitter taste of defeat will drive Spurs on to win finals in the future.
“When you see Chelsea lifting that trophy it makes the fire in your belly burn that you want to be back and you want to be lifting that trophy and that’s what we’ve got to do with the squad we have,” the 21-year-old said.
“I think everyone’s proud of themselves.
“We gave it our all. We played the way we wanted to play and it just didn’t go for us.
“Both their goals you could say were a bit scrappy, a bit lucky, but that’s the difference in the top games on the big stage and it went Chelsea’s way.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves off and move on as quickly as possible.”
With Spurs out of the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup final was the last chance they had to win silverware this year.
They still have the big prize of a top-four finish to aim for, though.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are six points shy of the Champions League places with a match in hand on their rivals.
Kane thinks returning to form in the league will not be a problem even though Spurs have been eliminated from two cup competitions in four days.
“That’s the aim (top four). We’ve got a lot of games to go now,” the England Under-21 forward said.
“The Premier League is the only competition we’re in so we’ve got to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible and see where it takes us in the league.
“We’ve got character in this side and we’ll be looking to win at home on Wednesday (against Swansea).”
Kane scored three goals in the previous rounds to help Tottenham reach Wembley and he has also played a big part in the club’s push for a top-four finish.
Despite starting the season as third-choice striker, Kane has found the net 24 times in all competitions so he was naturally unhappy to miss out on a goal at Wembley on Sunday.
“I’m always disappointed when I don’t score. But it’s tough, Chelsea are a good side, they’ve got one of the best defences in the league,” said Kane, who scored twice in Spurs’ 5-3 league win over Chelsea on New Year’s Day.
“We’ve got another game on Wednesday and I’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet then.”
Kane is likely to get another chance to impress at Wembley in the near future.
Roy Hodgson has all but confirmed Kane will be in his England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and the friendly against Italy later this month.
“It would be nice (to play at Wembley for England),” said Kane, who has 10 Under-21 caps
“If I’m picked it will be a very proud moment. But I’ve just got to keep focused on the games ahead and trying to do my best for Tottenham Hotspur, and if I’m picked then obviously I’ll be delighted.”
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