Ivan Perisic injury scare ahead of World Cup final

Marcus Newton
July 16, 2018

While it is disappointing not to see their team in the final, these young England fans have some positive messages for the team that did them proud!

"The downside was it took them another eight years to win (the World Cup)". We can be proud and we'll be back. "It's a big stepping stone from two years ago".

Grant Davidson said they had "brought the country together" during the run to the semi-finals, the first time England had reached the last four since losing to West Germany in 1990.

"But equally we want to be a team that are hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that is what we have aimed to do in the long term".

However, Southgate has a contract until 2020, which could be extended until beyond the 2022 World Cup, giving England stability.

Kieran Trippier's early free-kick had England dreaming of a first major final since 1966, only for Ivan Perisic to level and Mario Mandzukic to strike in extra-time.

"We've set a benchmark for how we work", he said.

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"There were low expectations that relieved the pressure coming into the tournament but still pressure to get out of the group, win a knockout game and win a shootout and they coped with that".

Following the defeat, fans took to Twitter using #itsnotcominghome - but some remain hopeful this tournament will prove a springboard for future success.

England's fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, and in homes, pubs and clubs across England may have seen their team throw away a lead to eventually lose 2-1 to Croatia after extra-time last night, but they have all fallen back in love with the national football squad.

Southgate admitted the challenge of preparing for a consolation game has been tough with the raw emotion following Wednesday's defeat. We will want to give a performance of huge pride.

"We showed again that we were not exhausted - we dominated the game mentally and physically".

"There's a lot of motivation for us".

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