England are not elite yet, says Southgate

Jul 14, 2018, 02:56
England are not elite yet, says Southgate

England remain in the tournament and still have to play the third place play-off - dubbed "the game no-one wants to play" against Belgium at 3pm on Saturday, July 14.

Southgate backed the move to keep the achievement in perspective.

It's been said that 70 per cent of the earth is covered by the French midfield dynamo and he's accrued a distance of 62.7 km in his time on the pitch in Russian Federation, putting him in third place behind Ivan Rakitic, who is on 62.9 km. They care. They care about playing for their country. That felt so good for us here in Russian Federation, and united us more and more, just like it did in our country.

Players of the Three Lions of England have expressed sadness over their exit from the World Cup.

Asked if Southgate was in line for a knighthood, the PM's spokeswoman said: "In terms of honours, and things like that, there is an independent robust process for how that system works, so I can't speculate about that". Still, with England fielding the second-youngest squad all around at the World Cup this year, there's plenty for Southgate to take pride in. "It's very hard to put that into context and a bit too soon really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit".

England lost to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals.

- As good as it gets?

"We want to win", he said.

"There is a culture that exists now that any new player that comes in has to follow".

"What the players are going to experience is close to what we experienced in 1996 and in '66".

Former players and staff have also posted a series of positive messages after England's run came to an end.

As Mario Mandžukić took advantage of a lapse in concentration from England's defence and buried the winning goal for Croatia in extra time, hearts were crushed and dreams were shattered.

Gareth Southgate says he is already planning for the European Championships in 2020 following England's defeat to Croatia on Wednesday. We'll need a day of dusting off, putting everything to bed and try to bury it as best we can.

"To have been able to make a difference is something that will live with us all forever, so we can tell the way that the country has united behind football and that's maybe more important than the performance in some respects".

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