Archbishops console England after World Cup semi-final defeat

Mae Harvey
July 16, 2018

Croatia's win means they have become the 13th country and the tenth European nation to qualify for the World Cup final in the history of the tournament.

"We know there is more to come from this England team".

"You were hoping we were gonna get exhausted towards the end of the game but it was us, Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic who lifted and raised their game", Bilic explains.

England manager Gareth Southgate hopes his team can ride the momentum generated by their run to the World Cup semi-finals and follow the path Germany took to the top of global football.

"I am immensely proud by the way the players have played and we can see by the reaction of the supporters, they felt the same".

"I have got to say the players are incredible, they are an absolute pleasure to work with", Southgate said.

Southgate and his players have been hailed back home after reaching the last four for the first time since 1990, and for bringing together a nation bitterly divided over Brexit. "It's always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win".

"We wanted to go on and win it and we thought we had enough to go through but it wasn't to be".

Despite Kieran Trippier giving England an early lead, Croatia clawed their way back into the game and edged past Southgate's side after extra time.

"There are a lot of positives to take from this tournament".

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute of the semi-final, slotting in from Ivan Perisic's flick-on into the area.

England's World Cup campaign comes to an end at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg as they take on Belgium to determine who will finish third.

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