Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

Defeat to Croatia in extra-time is heart-breaking for everyone with a connection to or interest in English football. But that cloud has a silver lining: The England team is already in a fantastic position for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

"Maybe (that was) a effect of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

Southgate and his England side have won the hearts of a nation despite suffering World Cup heartbreak.

That's why beating Colombia in the last 16 knockout match was awesome.

The Three Lions' failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years was greeted with desolation in the stadium in Moscow.

But Jesse Lingard's awesome strike gets our pick as the best moment.

Overall, it's not a surprise Belgium is favored, as it has looked like the better team in this tournament and has more talent.

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It probably seems like a while ago now, but remember the first match England played against Tunisia?

In a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann's delivery six minutes into the second half.

"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired". The average age of the English squad was under 26, the joint-youngest in the World Cup tournament, and only three of the current players - Ashley Young, Jamie Vardy, and Gary Cahill - are over 30. They'll give their all but it feels like a game too far.

Despite being an worldwide force in soccer, the English team has been perennial under-performers at the World Cup, but Prince William believes all that is set to change with the current crop of players and their boss Gareth Southgate leading the charge in Russian Federation. They prevailed in penalty shootouts following 120 minutes against Denmark in the round of 16 and Russian Federation in the quarterfinals.

Tense moments followed for the 12th man as Croatia tried to pile the pressure on and fans had their hearts in their mouths when the score was only kept level by some desperate England defending.

England were comfortable winners over Sweden in their last game, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.

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