Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

England have failed to reach a final on foreign soil in all 30 attempts, falling short in 17 World Cups and 13 European Championships (including when they did not qualify for the tournament).

But a place in the World Cup final against France was not to be.

They have had one more day to recover than us and we have had three games in a row that have gone to extra time.

The Inter Milan winger poked home a cross from Sime Vrsaljko to haul Croatia level midway through the second half having fallen behind to an early Kieran Trippier free-kick. Suddenly, England looked like the exhausted ones. Surely their youth and the extra rest would pay off at some point during 30 additional minutes.

Both of his goals came from set-plays, and given he is averaging 0.29 xG per 90 minutes, he can be expected to get at least one chance in this game. And it nearly happened early in the extra session when John Stones rose to meet a corner kick, only for Vrsaljko to clear the goal-bound header off the line.

"He's captained the team brilliantly throughout this tournament and I can't ask more of him as a captain or as a man over the last three weeks".

Dalic praised the attitude of his players against England, some of whom endured 120 minutes with "half a leg".

Russia's ministry of communications said there had been 6,300 new applications for fan IDs, the document that allows visa-free entry to Russian Federation during the World Cup, since England beat Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday. Croatia deserved the victory.

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So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said. Eight of the boys have been rescued so far, and rescuers are now gearing up to get the final four boys and their coach out.

Croatia's strength clearly lies in the central-midfield department that includes Real's Luka Modric and Barca's Ivan Rakitic.

"Heartbreak": The i Paper leads with an image of a dejected Harry Kane at the end of a semifinal that "started so well" only to end "in gut-wrenching despair" and concurs that England will "still return as heroes". "There's a lot of ifs and buts". In big games it's small margins.

"Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

Look, this England team will be around for a while.

England was last at this stage in 1990, when they lost to West Germany on penalties in that famous game when midfielder Paul Gascoigne was left in tears after being booked. They were a joy to watch.

But despite the heartbreak, they and manager Gareth Southgate have reconnected many people with the national team.

Football may not be the only thing "coming home" this month as England boss Gareth Southgate's World Cup waistcoat is being sought by the Museum of London.

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