World Cup final draws fans to Croatia football museum

World Cup final draws fans to Croatia football museum

World Cup final draws fans to Croatia football museum

Football may not have come home, but Southgate's young squad equalled England's best ever performance in a World Cup on foreign soil.

It means England fans will have to wait until the Three Lions' next fixtures in September to properly thank the players for their efforts. "That won't do us any harm and the level of the game was top".

Kylian Mbappé has had a superb World Cup, and was in great form again against Belgium, tormenting them with his pace and trickery. "We played one of the best teams in the world with individual talent which is incredible, and we had only two days to get ready for it".

All the players trained yesterday and want to play. They want to finish the tournament on a high note.

"None of us knows if that's as good as it gets", Southgate said.

"Previous teams have had the opportunities we had and not managed to get over the line and this team did".

"Those moments after every match, win or lose, when the players and staff have gone to our supporters have been truly special". So if I think back to that conversation, the last seven weeks have been exactly what we hoped they would be in terms of the improvement in the team, and the experiences for the younger group of players.

Gareth Southgate, England coach: "We're under no illusions as to where we stand as a team; we've finished in the final four but we're not a top-four team yet, we know that and we've never hidden behind that".

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"If they will be unable to give their all during the match I expect them to tell us".

England could finish third in the World Cup with a victory over Belgium, but manager Gareth Southgate believes they are not yet among the elite teams in worldwide football.

England have won only one of the previous 21 World Cup games in which they've conceded the first goal; that was the 1966 final against Germany.

"It's the manner we achieved that - the football we played is Belgian football, it's our brand".

I'm thinking about the Tunisia game, when we kept going to get a late victor.

"We can only be happy and proud that despite the crisis, Croatians have put aside the problems and the hardship", said Dalic. For a sense of how big a deal that is, look at how quickly coach Zlatko Dalic switched out of his dress shirt and into a jersey after Wednesday's extra-time win against England, or how Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic proudly wore a checkered scarf to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit this week in Belgium.

"It's been proper teamwork, I think, that people have felt in previous tournaments has been lacking".

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