Fresh, confident and Southgate - the key words to describe England team

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Southgate's England team lost 2-1 to Croatia to set-up a third/fourth play-off with Belgium on Saturday. They say you don't know what you've got until it's gone, so let's embrace this tournament, during the lull before the final grand hurrah and inevitable conclusion.

We'll have to see how the teams look when starting lineups post, but for a second time this cup, Belgium is the favorite against England and should continue to be, unless Belgium rests its stars and England players its big boys.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

Harry Kane, the leading scorer at the World Cup with six goals, said he isn't motivated by the chance to secure the Golden Boot for top scorer in the third-place game.


"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get".

When the final whistle blew, the Croatians ran straight to their fans, jumping into the sea of red and white.

"We were saying, "OK, today we will see who will be tired". That tweet, by player Marcus Rashford to his coach Gareth Southgate, summed up what a lot of English fans are feeling this morning following their team's World Cup semifinal loss to Croatia.

I said this in the group stages and I'm thinking, quarter-finals England will get knocked out.


"It was a tough game, a 50-50 game, I'm sure we'll look back at stuff we could have done better but we worked as hard as we could".

Prince William led the tributes to England's beaten World Cup heroes after their extraordinary efforts in Russian Federation. They have done enough, all of them, to earn our respect. In defeat, Southgate's side became the first team to lose a World Cup semifinal after leading at half-time.

"I was lying in bed finding the strength to play and it was worth it. Thank you boss from the whole nation", the 20-year-old said on Twitter with a picture of himself embracing the England manager. Sometimes, when England go out of a tournament, there is a need to press the reset button and start again but that is far from the case this time.

"Three weeks ago, there wasn't even a connection with the England football team".


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