Not many Englishmen will be gutted at the national team's 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat than captain Harry Kane.

In Wednesday's match against Croatia, it was a case of delight to despair, as the Three Lions threw away a 1-0 advantage and allowed Croatia back into the game in the second half, before ultimately getting knocked out of the competition by Mario Mandžukić's extra-time winner.

England skipper Kane, who is the World Cup's leading scorer with 6 goals so far, told reporters after the defeat that the team was "gutted" as they "worked so hard."

Harry Kane 'Gutted' To Be Knocked Out By Croatia — But He Could Still Claim The Golden Boot

Harry Kane 'Gutted' To Be Knocked Out By Croatia — But He Could Still Claim The Golden Boot

"It was a tough, 50-50 game. I'm sure we will look back at stuff we could have done better, but it hurts. It hurts a lot, [and will hurt] for a while", he said.

Popular expectations surrounding the English side were low before even a ball had been kicked at the Russia 2018 World Cup. But the captain of the side said the team could "hold our heads held high" as they "went further than anybody thought."

He continued: "We know we've done everybody proud but we wanted to go on and win it, [so] we have fallen a bit short. It hurts, I do not know what else to say, it hurts. It shows we can be up here. We can win knockout games, and we can get to semifinals, but the next step is to go one further. We have to carry that on. We want more."

Harry Kane 'Gutted' To Be Knocked Out By Croatia — But He Could Still Claim The Golden Boot

Harry Kane 'Gutted' To Be Knocked Out By Croatia — But He Could Still Claim The Golden Boot

Although England will return home without the World Cup trophy, Kane could be home an individual prize as the tournament's top scorer.

With 6 goals so far, he is 2 goals clear of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who he'll come face-to-face with, in Saturday's third-place playoff. Kane is also 3 goals ahead of France pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé who will both play in the World Cup final against Croatia, on Sunday.