Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate

"All played out": Southgate hugs Pickford amid the mass of gloomy England players and staff, but the i Paper sport section leads on Kane's words rallying his teammates to use the experience as fuel for future tournaments.

"We were anxious", Katich said.

England are out of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-finals.

Some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them.

Gifted a relatively soft draw by the early exit of a number of traditional World Cup superpowers, England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996, when Southgate was part of the team.

Comedian David Baddiel, who recorded the track alongside Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, also chipped in.

"Gareth Southgate and [assistant manager] Steve Holland, if I was the FA, if i was in charge, no doubt that I would keep them in the job and I would give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros, eventually to the next World Cup".


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

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb. "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".

"But I think we've built a house here now on good..."

"You've brought belief and the love of football back".

While we didn't see Southgate plop down on the field to mourn the loss like some of his players did, photographers did capture an extremely touching post-game moment he shared with his wife Alison in the stands.

Generating vast support from fans at home, England's tournament restored some much-needed faith in the football team's ability to generate positivity, and good-feeling. The governing body did not provide further details.


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