Deflated England, Belgium get ready for 3rd place clash

Deflated England, Belgium get ready for 3rd place clash

Deflated England, Belgium get ready for 3rd place clash

"But we have high motivation to perform".

England will make a low-key return home on Sunday, with no team parade planned. "You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.

For English Fans, it was a song sung with gusto and patriotism, while for opposing fans, it was a song that supposedly showed disrespect and the only way to quiet the loud chants was to ensure that indeed, "England was going home".

Roberto Martinez's Belgium, who were beaten 0-1 by France in the last-four stage, topped Group G ahead of England after an Adnan Januzaj goal proved to be decisive.

All 23 players in Southgate's squad trained today at the team's Repino base. This is much more than just about the players.

"I expect we'll be back in the top ten when the rankings come out".

"The honest thing is it's not a game any team wants to play", Southgate admitted.

"We've said now that at every age group we want to be constantly challenging for finals because if you're in those moments of tournaments, your chance of success are high", Southgate added. They have real humility.

The semi-finals of the World Cup were intense. "They have to use this experience for benefit and I know that what's happened over the last few weeks will make them a stronger team".

One player who will be particularly keen to play will be England forward Harry Kane who is now the top scorer in the tournament and has a chance to win the Golden Boot. Maybe England and the English media didn't do that this time. "We've set the standard of how we work, the standard of how we play, and we want to maintain those standards right to the end".

Ivan Rakitic says he would gladly sacrifice the rest of his football career to win the World Cup for Croatia.

The 2-1 extra-time victory puts the country in their first World Cup final, less than 30 years since they started competing as an independent nation. The love and support we received from everyone will live long in the memory and its great that we have come together as a nation to create new memories.

"But if we have a parade, that would have been one part of the country and we represent the whole country as well".

"We have a captain whose first thought all tournament has been how far can the team go?"

Hundreds of millions of people around the world will support us.

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