France to close Eiffel Tower for World Cup final

England's Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane

The Tottenham Hotspur star forward would be just the second England player to scoop the award, after Gary Lineker was the top scorer in 1986.

Nonetheless, he was touched by the reaction of England's supporters who stayed behind to applaud the players off the pitch in the Luzhniki Stadium, in contrast to being booed and whistled after losing to Iceland.

AFTER THEIR extra-time defeat by Croatia, Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has paid tribute to the England team for having reached their first FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 28 years.

As expected, tonight's match proved to be an entertaining one for the neutrals and a stressful experience for English supporters, who have always been claiming that this is the year it finally comes home again.

Wednesday's audience peaked between 21:30-21:35 BST as England tried to find an equaliser at the end of extra time in the semi-final against Croatia.

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

Boss Gareth Southgate finds himself readying his England team for Saturday's third-placed play-off with Belgium in St Petersburg.

We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.

"We did say before the game that these lads will have to take the opportunity now as it may never happen again".

Throughout their World Cup journey, they have been able to meet some of the players after the games, including England's number one Jordan Pickford, Ashley Young, John Stones, and the Three Lions captain, Harry Kane. They deserve a hell of a reception when they return and let's hope it's the start of something big for them.

Croatia's march to the final with just 22 players was made all the more remarkable by the manner of their victories.

"We're here to try and improve every time we play, every time we go into a tournament". I'm a lot more rational now.

"We worked so hard".

"Frankly, I have this feeling there will be hundreds of millions rooting for us".



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