It’s been nearly two years but many still haven’t forgiven Harry Kane for his actions in the 33rd minute of the 2018 World Cup semi-final.
England were 1-0 up against Croatia thanks to a Kieran Trippier free-kick when Jesse Lingard slipped the ball into his captain’s feet.
As the Golden Boot leader, most expected Kane to score from an advantageous position, double England’s lead, and make them heavy favourites to progress to the final.
However, Danijel Subasic denied the usually clinical marksman with a low save before scrambling across to deny Kane for a second time from an acute angle.
Mario Mandzukic’s winner in extra time meant Croatia won 2-1 and Kane’s miss became the focus of a nationwide postmortem.
Replays seemed to indicate the Three Lions’ skipper could have squared it to Raheem Sterling for a simple tap-in.
And so began the anguished questioning: what if, what if, what?
If Kane hadn’t been so selfish, maybe it would have been England who lost to France in the final.
To this day, people will tweet screenshots of the moment with abusive captions, some tongue-in-cheek, some sincerely resentful.
If you’re one of the people who believes England would have gone 2-0 up if Kane had squared it, prepare to have your mind put at ease.
If Sterling had tapped home from the six-yard line, the goal would have been disallowed for offside.
That’s right, you would have thrown your beer in the air for no reason.
Kane was the wrong side of the last defender when he received Lingard’s throughball.
The assistant referee did the right thing and allowed the phase to complete before raising his flag.
Had Sterling scored, VAR would have confirmed the linesman’s decision and play would have resumed at 1-0 with a free-kick for Croatia, just as it did on the night.
Those who view the ‘summer of Love Island and the World Cup’ as the greatest time of their life can rest assured that it wouldn’t have been improved by Kane squaring it.
In fact, wouldn’t the anguish of a disallowed goal have hurt more?
Whatever the case, you can stop tweeting Kane about it now.