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Archbishops console England after World Cup semi-final defeat

16 July, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Delia Walker
  • It proved to be utter dejection for England fans last night

"None of us knows if that's as good as it gets", he said, after England were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in extra-time on Wednesday.

This is the second personal tweet to come from Prince William during England's incredible World Cup run; after their impressive 2-0 win against Sweden last week, the future King allowed himself to dream and say those three small words that have been the country's mantra in recent weeks.

"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".

"For these players, many have come of age on an global stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done", Southgate added.

'But in extra-time we came back into the game, showed composure and the biggest thing is the supporters at the end, the reaction.

"But we will do that and we'll make sure we are ready as a group to go again because the group have huge pride in their performances, in the way that they work".

Striker Marcus Rashford posted: "Really tough right now but this team's special. we'll be back".

Fans packed into Manchester's Castlefield Bowl Arena for last night's game
Fans packed into Manchester's Castlefield Bowl Arena for last night's game

"You've had an incredible #WorldCup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in".

The Croatians overcame an even bigger demographic difference in the quarter-final, beating Russian Federation - a nation of around 145 million - on penalties. We have proved to ourselves and our country that it is possible.

"There'll be a new benchmark and level of expectation", said Southgate.

"But for these players, many have come of age on an global stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done".

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

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

"To become a winning team there are hurdles you have to overcame - and we've surpassed many of them". We have the chance to win a medal at the World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.




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