How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

Gifted a relatively soft draw by the early exit of a number of traditional World Cup superpowers, England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996, when Southgate was part of the team.

On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final.

England's journey in this World Cup may be over, and the cup may not be "coming home" after all, but the team's performance has still left many fans extremely proud - especially about Southgate's leadership throughout the tournament.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net.

The majority of the players can play the next World Cup.

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus.

They booked their place in the final by seeing off England 2-1 after extra time, making light of the fact that the Three Lions hail from a land with a population of around 53 million. But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life.

"It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it". To be honest, it might even have been the best in my lifetime.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".

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We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream?

"Unfortunately, we just came up a bit short". They have given us so much to shout about. "There's so many things to build on now and we've got to make sure we do that".

"To celebrate, Pizza Hut Delivery is excited to gift our old acquaintance Gareth Southgate free pizza for life - something we hope he can share and enjoy with his team upon returning to the United Kingdom!"

Wednesday night's game was England's first semi-final in 28 years, after the 1990 squad were defeated by West Germany in a penalty shoot-out.

The Croatian players were quick to tend to Cortez.

Former national goalkeeper Peter Shilton said the missed first-half chances were "costly" but told fans to remember how far the team had come.