Mourinho: England have an exciting future ahead

Mourinho: England have an exciting future ahead

Jose Mourinho insists England have reason to be optimistic despite falling agonisingly short of the World Cup final.

The Three Lions opened the scoring in the crucial clash through an outstanding Kieran Trippier free-kick but unfortunately it wasn't enough.

"It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level", Mourinho said.

With Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Paul Pogba not likely to return to training for another week or so, their Red Devils team-mates turned up to Carrington to get back to full fitness.

"England of course have a reason to cry but they also have a reason to be optimistic", the Portuguese told Russia Today.

"The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances".

United's tour squad is likely to be supplemented by a host of young players when they head off for their U.S. summer tour on Sunday, with James Garner already confirmed as one of those flying out after his father tweeted of his pride last week.

Mourinho has around 17 senior players available for the tour of the United States, which will start with a flight to Los Angeles on Sunday.

"So for them to go back to their country and take a nation like Croatia to the World Cup final is something incredible".

The 22-year-old has found football increasingly hard to come by since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, another player who was among the roll call on Wednesday as United's players not involved in World Cup duty began their preparations for the 2018-19 season.

Croatia absolutely demolished Lionel Messi's Argentina and will feel they're capable of beating any country they come up against.