Southgate addresses players following defeat to Croatia

‘We’ve made a difference to people’s happiness the last few weeks’: England manager Gareth Southgate addresses his players and staff during recovery session following World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia

  • England were knocked out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage as they lost 2-1 to Croatia on Wednesday
  • Manager Gareth Southgate addressed his players and staff during recovery session in Repino
  • Captain Harry Kane comments on how England have managed to reconnect with their supporters
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England manager Gareth Southgate addressed his players and staff at their base in Repino on Thursday following their crushing World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

The Three Lions were aiming to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 but suffered a 2-1 loss to Croatia, with Mario Mandzukic scoring the winner in extra-time.

Despite England’s exit, Southgate remains proud of the impact that his players have made.


England manager Gareth Southgate addressed his players and staff in Repino following the 2-1 defeat to Croatia


Southgate insists that England can be proud of their performances for Russia as they managed to exceed expectations


Players, including striker Harry Kane, and staff members, listen intently as Southgate speaks following the loss to Croatia

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    Southgate praised the passion and focus of his players and insisted that they are heading in the right direction.

    He said: ‘I don’t think people fully understood the players (previously). They care. They care about playing for their country. They have real humility.

    ‘They’re on their way to being top players but they’re not there yet but we can see we’re progressing and really heading in the right direction.’ 

    In addition, the England boss paid tribute to his support team and reflected upon how his team have transformed the nation’s happiness.

    He said: ‘It’s nice to be appreciated but it’s about the team. It’s about creating an environment to be best we can be, a professional culture’.

    ‘We’ve made a difference to people’s happiness the last few weeks.’ 


    Defender Kyle Walker stands in a cryotherapy chamber as he reflects on England’s exit from the tournament


    Walker, who filled in at centre-back in Russia, will hope that he will get another opportunity to play for England at a World Cup

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      While there had previously been much scepticism regarding the England team, there was widespread support for Southgate’s side, with the nation captivated by their progression in the tournament.

      WORLD CUP LEADING GOALSCORERS

      Harry Kane (England) – Six goals

      Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Denis Cheryshev (Russia), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – Four goals 

      Artem Dyzuba (Russia), Antoine Griezmann (France), Yerry Mina (Colombia), Diego Costa (Spain), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay), Kylian Mbappe (France) – Three goals

      Captain Harry Kane, who leads the race for the tournament’s golden boot with six goals, commented on how England have managed to get fans back on their side.

      Kane wrote on Twitter: ‘A lot of emotions today. First of all I’m so proud of this team and staff for giving everything we could over a long period of time together.

      ‘We have overcome so many challenges that have haunted England in the past.

      ‘We have reconnected with our amazing supporters and have enjoyed this incredible experience together. It wasn’t the outcome we wanted and as painful as it is right now, I’m sure we will learn an awful lot from last night’s game.

      ‘It’s time to hold our heads high as a nation and be proud of each other. I’m excited to be part of this team and the challenge to improve going forward. Thank you for all your support!’





      England’s work in Russia isn’t finished as on Saturday they will take on Belgium in the third place play-off

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        England’s work in Russia isn’t yet done as on Saturday they will face Belgium, who were in their group, in the third place play-off.

        Southgate’s young squad have gained valuable experience during this tournament but will still be deeply disappointed with their elimination.

        The focus is now on the new UEFA Nations League and subsequently qualification for Euro 2020, with the final of the latter competition to be held at Wembley.


        Kane and fellow attacker Marcus Rashford perform stretches at England’s Repino base as they recover following the game


        Aged just 20, Manchester United attacker Rashford should have plenty of further opportunities to play at a major tournament

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