Gareth Southgate gave England staff handwritten notes before World Cup

by Garry Watts July 13, 2018, 1:30
Gareth Southgate gave England staff handwritten notes before World Cup

England coach Gareth Southgate said his team need to "suffer" their loss to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals and understand the opportunity they passed up before pondering the positives from their remarkable campaign. The scenes in Croatia's capital of Zagreb were astounding. Prior to 2018, Croatia's best finish in the tournament was third in 1998, when Golden Boot victor Davor Šuker led Croatia past The Netherlands in the third-place match.

Croatia toughed it out in an extra-time thriller against England to reach the final for the first time in their history as an independent country. "Thank you, England": A simple message of gratitude from the Express, accompanied by a picture of Southgate and his players showing their appreciation to the travelling supporters.

In a lot of games it's small margins and it went their way today.

"I'd be amazed if we didn't learn in the next few days he's (Kane) been carrying an injury since the Colombia game", Neville said on ITV. "Everyone was nervous, but when they got a second goal, everyone took so much confidence, everyone was up in the air, the club was full, there was a great atmostphere".

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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. "Everyone is born with it, we have good players, and I believe they will bring the cup home, but we'll see on Monday morning at 3 o'clock". "I don't think so".

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Souness went onto pour cold water on every single spec of English optimism surrounding this World Cup, cutting through each of the games the Three Lions played.

These are among the most popular words used to describe teams in this summer's tournament, according to research by Cambridge University Press.

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