Archbishops console England after World Cup semi-final defeat

Lynette Rowe
July 16, 2018

He said: "You've had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in".

"They see a team that leaves everything on the pitch, which they have, and played with style".

Gazza was of course one of the star players the last time England played in an World Cup semi-final back in 1990.

Croatia will take on France in their first World Cup final on Sunday afternoon at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Before 1998, Croatian athletes competed for Yugoslavia in the World Cup.

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in the British parliament, revealed he was backing eliminated Peru due to their hospitality during a recently friendly match, but pledged to offer his "hearty congratulations" to England if they win the World Cup.

Southgate has become something of a national treasure after breathing new life into the team following the disastrous performance at Euro 2016 in France. Rebic took advantage of a Willy Caballero error to volley home the opener before Modric scored his second of the tournament with a brilliant effort 10 minutes from time.

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In light of the heartbreak, Prince William took to Twitter to commend the England team, writing: "I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high".

The sense that a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity may have passed Southgate and his squad by still clearly resonates with the England boss.

Southgate admitted the challenge of preparing for a consolation game has been tough with the raw emotion following Wednesday's defeat.

"We have brought a lot of pride but we want to finish the tournament well".

"We showed again that we were not exhausted - we dominated the game mentally and physically". We have the chance to win a medal at the World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.

While Croatia deserve huge credit for beating England, the truth is the Three Lions could have been out of sight by half-time and Croatia's vulnerability at the back could easily be exploited by this explosive French side.

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