Harry Kane says Tottenham’s failure to finish above Arsenal will leave a ‘bad taste in the mouth’ over the summer.
An excellent Premier League campaign, which saw Spurs emerge as serious title challengers, ultimately ended on a low.
The north Londoners failed to win any of their remaining four games and a crushing 5-1 defeat at relegated Newcastle on the final day allowed bitter rivals Arsenal to finish ahead of them for the 21st year running.
And Kane, the Premier League’s Golden Boot winner, admits there is disappointment all round over ending up third in the table.
The 22-year-old, who was named in Roy Hodgson’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 on Monday, told Spurs TV: “I think Sunday was probably the worst performance I’ve ever been involved with.
“We just haven’t been good enough in the last few games – it’s not just here, we should never have lost to Southampton either.
“It hurts, and it’ll leave a bad taste in the mouth over the summer.
“When people think they [Arsenal] have had a bad season and we’ve had a good one, yet they still finish above us, it hurts.
“We just haven’t been good enough. We needed to finish the season off strong, but I think that’s two points from the last four games and that’s unacceptable considering how we played the rest of the season. All we can do is apologise to the fans.”
Despite a disappointing finale, Kane insists the season should be remembered as a huge success, with Champions League football secured for the first time in five years.
“You’ve got to try to look at the bigger picture,” he added. “If someone had offered us automatic Champions League at the start of the season, we would definitely have taken it. It’s just a shame the way it ended.
“There are a lot of things in place here, but days like that, and the last few weeks, show there’s still a lot of work to do.
“We haven’t cracked it yet. We’re still learning, we still have to work hard and we still have to improve. But we are moving in the right direction.”