Prince William's heartfelt message to England squad after World Cup dreams end

16 July, 2018, 05:52 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Harry Kane and England now must prepare for the third-placed play-off rather than the World Cup final

Thousands of fans gathered at major outdoor screenings for the knockout games as World Cup fever gripped the nation.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

"We have two days to prepare".

The World Cup is full of exciting moments on the field.

The young England squad achieved what many believed to be the unachievable as they progressed into the semi-final of the World Cup - the first time in 28 years.

Gareth Southgate acknowledges the England supporters after the loss to Croatia
Gareth Southgate acknowledges the England supporters after the loss to Croatia

"A lot of teams who go on to win trophies lose in quarter-finals or semi-finals first".

"For these players, many have come of age on an worldwide stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done", Southgate added.

"I have got to say the players are incredible, they are an absolute pleasure to work with", Southgate said. "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". Coincidentally, the last time a side played three consecutive extra times was when England fought their way to the 1990 semifinals.

Following the defeat, fans took to Twitter using #itsnotcominghome - but some remain hopeful this tournament will prove a springboard for future success. For the majority of this tournament we have tried to be as positive as we can be and be courageous. "I think the public have enjoyed it", Southgate said before Saturday's third place play-off against Belgium. "It's a big stepping stone from two years ago".

Croatia will be hoping to avoid that fate when they take on France in Moscow on Sunday.

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