Gareth Southgate gave England staff handwritten notes before World Cup

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

Their performance in reaching the semi-final, where they lost 2-1 to Croatia after extra-time, was England's best World Cup run for 28 years.

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".

Mario Balotelli responded to England's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia with a message on Instagram in which he said it was payback to all those who had insulted him down the years.

Had Kane added to his six goals in Russian Federation with either of his back-to-back chances in the second half against Croatia on Wednesday (NZT Thursday), when England was dominating and led 1-0, he could yet be lifting the trophy.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

Gary Lineker waved goodbye to Germany when they were knocked out the World Cup and now Scots are doing the same to England. It said: "The more I see, the more important it is that when 'attacking this tournament" we tell our own story.

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"The first half was not good for us".

While most of us will be plonking ourselves in front of a screen for the big game between England and Croatia tonight, there are a dedicated few that are actually making the trek over to Russian Federation to see the action unfold IRL.

The mutual appreciation between squad and fans was slightly marred by news on Thursday that Federation Internationale de Football Association had opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA following a report of possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the Croatia match.

Despite not making the final, England have one more game to play at the World Cup when they face-off against Belgium on Sunday morning (AEST) in the third place play-off.

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