Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Harry Kane on brink of finishing as top scorer

Harry Kane on brink of finishing as top scorer

Thomas Meunier caught them cold early and Eden Hazard halted an impressive second-half response to leave the Three Lions heading home without bronze medals.

"Nothing was given to me on a plate, unlike some coaches in Europe, who get big jobs on the back of their names as players", Dalic said.

Paul Pogba summed up France's ruthless mentality in the game, saying: "I am not a natural defender, but I want to win the World Cup, and you have to make sacrifices".

The England team will return to Birmingham Airport following their match against Belgium, and Southgate is planning on returning to work at St George's Park next week before going on holiday. We have some minor injuries but I hope we will overcome those today and all my players will be ready to play.

They won all three group games, against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland, coming through hard times in each one.

We've been blessed with some great goalkeeping in this World Cup but that has to be the best save of the tournament. We will get the energy. Some of the players couldn't go again. "We are expecting more than 300 people to show up for the game tomorrow (Sunday) night. They play maximum attack, maximum defence", he said.

"But there were some incredible individual performances for us".

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He particularly underscored the strong efforts of center-back John Stones, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and striker Harry Kane.

"It's nice that we've reached a semi-final because that builds belief and it gives some momentum to the team".

"We know that, we've never hidden behind that".

"We have a very bright future ahead of us - trust me".

"I have this feeling that there will be hundreds of millions of people rooting for us".

Helping guide his team to their first ever World Cup final was Modric.

"I mean, the reality is it's not actually my decision (not to hold a parade)", England boss Southgate said.

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That claim of having a take-it-or-leave-it attitude about playing for England has been levelled at players in the past.

"I think he's captained the team exceptionally well".

Both teams deserve their place in the Final, and both have impressed en route.

"I'm immensely proud of the players".

Football is not coming home this summer but this bold, young side have managed to reconnect with fans that had become disillusioned over the years.

Southgate spoke eloquently in a post-match press conference that he rounded off by thanking the tournament organisers, volunteers, English media and the Russian hosts.

"It's the manner we achieved that - the football we played is Belgian football, it's our brand".

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