England World Cup team will be invited to 10 Downing Street

Aaron Brown
July 13, 2018

The Times and The Guardian said it was the "end of the dream" while i said "Southgate's team will still return as heroes after superb World Cup effort".

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

England were knocked out of the World Cup on Thursday morning (AEST) after a 2-1 semi-final loss to Croatia, one game short of securing a historic berth in the tournament final.

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Great to see a young England team achieve what they have!

"After 1998 [when Croatia lost to France in the semifinals], this is the best team for Croatia at a World Cup, and I believe they will win in the final".

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Earlier the spokeswoman said May had been effusive in her praise for Southgate, who has won plaudits for his leadership, grace under pressure and intelligence.

Despite the defeat, Southgate has helped restore some national pride in our football team. Many questioned whether Premier League stars paid tens of thousands of pounds a week really cared about the three lions that David Baddiel and Frank Skinner famously sang about.

But it wasn't meant to be as they failed to find the net against France and ultimately felt short of their target to win the tournament - given the golden generation of players they now have.

England remain in the tournament and still have to play the third place play-off - dubbed "the game no-one wants to play" against Belgium at 3pm on Saturday, July 14. And I think we need to take full credit for that because we've changed that.

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.

The game ended with England down to 10 players and out of substitutes. So it's hats off to us. The governing body did not provide further details.

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