Gareth Southgate gave England staff handwritten notes before World Cup

England's forward Harry Kane applauds at the end of their 2018 World Cup quarter-final match against Sweden at the Samara Arena in Samara

England may have looked "confident" during their World Cup campaign but Croatia were the ones to "dominate" in Wednesday night's match, setting them up for a final against "formidable" France.

"The dressing room is a hard place at the moment", Southgate said. We can at least defend two crosses. There's no question about that.

"Every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride and play well and win. We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.

"But that will be the challenge".

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However - we think Martinez will rotate a few players, with the likes of Yannick Carrasco and Dedryck Boyata likely to come in.

"It's impossible to say anything to them that is going to make them feel better at this point".

A match that became a long battle between two teams displaying warrior spirit began with a Kieran Trippier free kick within the first five minutes.

The Three Lions' failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years was greeted with desolation in the stadium in Moscow.

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"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

The England boss was also asked if the team's leading scorer Harry Kane had exhausted as the tournament progressed and was perhaps missing his cutting edge in the semifinals. It will hurt for a while. Thanks for all your support.

In a message posted on social media this morning, the Manchester City defender said that he had received many videos and photographs from supporters back in England, and revealed how - just like back in England - it had united the squad more and more.

"Heroes" There's plenty of sympathy in defeat from The Mirror, which offsets the image of Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli crouched on the turf at the final whistle with the message, "We're proud of you all".

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