England Boss Proud …Despite Semis Defeat

Tyler Owen
July 14, 2018

"We want to finish the tournament well".

Ante Cacic had been sacked and Dalic took over in time for a critical World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

However, winning at the junior level rarely foretells success.

"I am feeling 100 per cent that we will win that is my hope", said Walter Brasic. That's probably where we are.

England manager Gareth Southgate says the Three Lions' 2-1 World Cup semifinal loss to Croatia will stay with him forever, but his side are determined to earn a medal in Russian Federation as consolation.

Despite England's exit, Southgate remains proud of the impact that his players have made.

"They coped brilliantly with all of that".

The Telegraph's front page called for England to "Hold your heads high" while the Guardian captured supporters' mood with the headline "The hurt goes on".

"We feel we owe it as much to ourselves as to our public, and our nation I think now".

"They can now associate playing with England with enjoyment and fun and not being under siege. There is an energy and connection back".

'If the score is level after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the victor in accordance with the procedure described in the Laws of the Game'.

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"We have to decide who can go again physically", said Southgate.

"Sometimes the ones you do differently are a lot easier with the benefit of hindsight".

Southgate backed the move to keep the achievement in perspective.

First of all the player of the tournament has to be a Croat.

@JesseLingard: To see scenes we've witnessed over the past month means everything to us as players and staff. We know where we are. We've one or two injuries, one or two with a little bit of illness, so we just have to see.

"There's plenty of room for improvement, which the players are up for".

A third place play-off has never gone all the way to penalties in the past.

"The downside of is it took them another eight years to win", he said. I am sure Federation Internationale de Football Association will listen and our captain is more than deserving of it. Journalists have a say.

England were left in the lurch after a gut-wrenching 1-2 defeat at the hands of Croatia after extra-time. We've been through brilliant experiences this time. Finishing in third place the first time they participated in football's biggest showcase set a lofty standard. "But it's very hard to prepare for the next game", said Roberto Martinez, their coach.

Southgate has not yet indicated whether he will rotate his team for the game, but back-up goalkeeper Jack Butland said he would love to make his first World Cup appearance in St. Petersburg.

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