Croatia Beat England To Enter World Cup Finals For The First Time

Croatia Beat England To Enter World Cup Finals For The First Time

Croatia Beat England To Enter World Cup Finals For The First Time

England captain Harry Kane believes his side has "reconnected" with the nation after reaching the World Cup semi-finals.

Midfielder Jesse Lingard said: "Was an honour to represent my country at the world cup. It's always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win".

But the turnaround has been remarkable and Southgate's leadership, along with his trademark waistcoat, have won the hearts of the nation and earned him a big reward.

"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

Despite Kieran Trippier giving England an early lead, Croatia clawed their way back into the game and edged past Southgate's side after extra time. I think it is too easy to move on immediately from what we've just been through. 'We will have some extra motivation because of that, for sure. "We want to keep those standards right to the end". To each and every @England fan, the support has been incredible and we can't thank you enough!

"We, as a team, have made incredible progress and probably got to a stage where at the start of the tournament we would have considered a success".

"We've proved to ourselves and our country that's possible".

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"Now we have a new benchmark, a new level of expectation".

"Many of our players have come of age on the worldwide stage".

Southgate said of the crushing defeat to Croatia: "We knew the team we brought was the most inexperienced team in the competition and the only way we're going to boost that is by playing in more tournament games".

He added on Thursday afternoon: "To see scenes we've witnessed over the past month means everything to us as players and staff".

"We wanted to go on and win it and we thought we had enough to go through but it wasn't to be".

"But I've said all along we're not flawless, we're not the finished article".

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