Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

The Everton man is battling it out with Hugo Lloris, Thibaut Courtois and Danijel Subasic for the title of the World Cup's top goalkeeper.

Celebrities, former players and royalty have been praising the England team for their "beautiful World Cup run", calling them "heroes" who have made the country proud.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond". This team can now cope with better moments and better pressure.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened". Walker can face Manchester City teammates Vincent Kompany and Kevin de Bruyne, while Tottenham boasts three players for Belgium and five for England.

We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream? "There's so many things to build on now and we've got to make sure we do that".

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"Unfortunately, we just came up a bit short". What more could we ask for?

All the players deserve praise, but the highlight for me was the performances of Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, John Stones, Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson.

One of them was Gareth Southgate, the head coach and manager of the English soccer team.

But he has done a magnificent job.

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.

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When I talk about what has changed for England, so much of it comes down to Gareth and his meticulous planning. In 2000, he retired as a player and spent almost a decade coaching minor Croatian teams.

There is lots to look forward to, too.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said another England fan.

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

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