Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Celebrities say England team did country proud after semi-final defeat

Celebrities say England team did country proud after semi-final defeat

The men's World Cup soccer tournament is down to the final two games.

A video clip surfaced from the Croatian team's locker room after Saturday's Russian Federation versus Croatia quarterfinal match.

Phillip Schofield praised the team for what they had achieved and for uniting people. But Croatia came alive in the second half, first scoring on a header in the 68th minute by Ivan Perisic to level the match and take the game to extra time.

About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.

Jeff Peard was cheering for England, and said the atmosphere in Winston's, especially during a big moment for England, made it a good place to watch game.

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But place in the World Cup final against France was not to be.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history".

"Until five or six years ago I was bit vain, and in a way glad that in 1998 we set the bar so high that it was hard to even contemplate, let alone jump over it".

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it".

"Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, 'Can they step up?"

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Even after saying that we should not burden a young side with too much expectation, it still hurt as England were beaten in a World Cup semi-final in extra time. "But we have our hearts, our pride and our players and that is what is really important to us".

"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match. We're looking forward to the future", said Young. "Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

England were the favourites heading in to the semifinal, but it wasn't to be, and those watching at home were left distraught, some in tears. "We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the [2016] final".

"They're already heroes, its just about whether they turn into legends", said 32-year-old Dan Woodbury as he waited for the 1800 GMT kick-off in The George pub at London Bridge.

"This is fantastic. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show".

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