For all the pride in the team’s run, Southgate was also devastated.
“The more of these tests we can come through, the better, not just for now, but moving forward”.
Men held their heads in their hands and others kicked out at thin air before walking heavily away into the night. “Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren’t going to win that”. This has to be the start of something, rather than the end of it.
England, meanwhile, “blew our chances”, said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home. We must go again and try and achieve our dreams. We need to see if we need to add some fresh energy into the team. “It looked like as the game advanced, we improved physically and that was impressive”.
“We owe it to ourselves to finish well, and we want to finish well for the fans”.
Two years ago, when we lost to Iceland at Euro 2016, the team was booed off and there was a disgusting atmosphere afterwards of anger and disillusionment.
“We have been compact, united and have fought for everything and we are still in the tournament”.
“Everything I have done in my life and in my professional career I owe to my faith, and I am grateful to my Lord”, Dalic said. It is not a game we wanted to be in.
“We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final”. It is an opportunity lost. “For them to still be singing when we’re seeing friends and families, chanting our names and singing the manager’s name, is completely different”.
Speaking after Croatia’s semi-final win over England, Lovren said he had been annoyed about questions related to a poor performance he had for Liverpool against Harry Kane’s Tottenham last autumn, while Modric told ITV that “English journalists, pundits from television” had underestimated Croatia.
“I can be very happy with my life”, Dalic said, adding that “without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very hard to achieve it”.
Take Me Out host Paddy McGuiness said: “Deeply upset but what a World Cup campaign @England have given us”.
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