Jose Mourinho reiterates admiration of Ivan Perisic following World Cup semi-final

Jose Mourinho reiterates admiration of Ivan Perisic following World Cup semi-final

Jose Mourinho reiterates admiration of Ivan Perisic following World Cup semi-final

In the 1998 World Cup in France, Croatia won the third place after losing 2-1 against the hosts in the semi-final.

A third-place game can still be exciting.

I mean, this is some Tami/Coach Taylor level support right here, so it's no surprise that people were SHOOK. "This England team has done so well in this tournament and I'd say, continue to do what you're doing, prepare the same way and don't make any changes - it's all working".

Rio Ferdinand posted a heartfelt video telling the team: "You have united the country and go home as heroes".

'I'm not sure it was flawless by any means, ' said Southgate.

Success at the World Cup comes in a variety of forms.

There is no doubt it has helped England's players see what is possible, too, and what they can now achieve with the emergence of talent from their all-conquering junior sides.

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Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick against West Germany in the 1966 final, said: "Even though captain Harry Kane isn't lifting the trophy on Sunday, we should be proud of our boys. We have had a fantastic journey, further than we thought", he added.

Two years ago, when we lost to Iceland at Euro 2016, the team was booed off and there was a awful atmosphere afterwards of anger and disillusionment. We've managed to get a lot from this group of players and play in a way that highlighted some of our strengths and hid some of our weaknesses.

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. "We have one more game left, and we have never been more motivated". "But from the second half onwards we played much better, and we showed our real standard", said Perisic.

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.

Across teams, there have been a number of players who have stolen the headlines for their displays and maybe rightly so but there have been many who put in superb shifts for the team.

Federation Internationale de Football Association also named Alireza Faghani of Iran as referee for the third-place game as Belgium play England in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

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