Adrien Rabiot is happy that Harry Kane missed his second penalty in England’s World Cup defeat to France

Harry Kane and Declan Rice of England against Germany during Euro 2020
Harry Kane and Declan Rice of England against Germany during Euro 2020

France midfielder Adrien Rabiot has stated he believes it was justice that Harry Kane missed a late penalty for England in their quarter-final defeat against France on Saturday.

The England striker scored England’s first goal from the spot but failed to covert a second spot kick that could have levelled the scores for England in their 2-1 loss to France.

Speaking about the game via Sportsmail, Juventus midfielder Rabiot admitted he was ‘happy’ that Kane missed the target, as the spot-kick should not have been given in the first place.

“First of all, I’m not sure that it’s really a foul. We’ve seen hundreds of actions like that that aren’t given,” Rabiot told reporters after the game.

“I thought the refereeing was a bit borderline at times tonight, but we won’t linger on that. Of course, when he missed, we were happy. It was justice because there was no penalty.”

Meanwhile, although Rabiot was not happy with the penalty decision by Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio, he admitted that his side rode their luck at times.

He was, however, delighted to progress to the semi-finals as France with his teammates who are looking to defend the title they won four years ago in Russia.

“Sometimes you also need that bit of luck, of success. We had it tonight. Everything came together. We are really proud to reach the semi-final in this way,” he added.