Fresh, confident and Southgate - the key words to describe England team

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"For them to still be singing when we're seeing friends and families, chanting our names and singing the manager's name, is completely different", he said.

The mental resilience necessary to come through such tests was the result of the emphasis on playing as a team, Dalic said, and indicated a wider trend at a World Cup where the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all went home early.

England must look to create "an empire" off the back of their surge to the World Cup semi-final having previously been the equivalent of a house "built on sand".

"There's no doubt there's been progression from two years ago against Iceland", he added, referring to England's elimination from the 2016 European Championship in a 2-1 defeat to the competition's smallest nation.

England's journey in this World Cup may be over, and the cup may not be "coming home" after all, but the team's performance has still left many fans extremely proud - especially about Southgate's leadership throughout the tournament.

"It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it". 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.

Much of the talk was about whether finishing first or second in Group G would open up easier games.

"It's not something I'm really thinking about, " he said.

A World Cup photographer became part of Croatia's celebration.

Even if the result is quickly forgotten by the fans, it will be remembered in English Premier League locker rooms.

"We, as a team, have made incredible progress and probably got to a stage where at the start of the tournament we would have considered a success".

Five EPL clubs have players on both sides of the game. Belgium and England face off in the third-place match after losing in the semifinals. And we won a knockout game.

John Stones has been England's third-biggest attacking threat at this World Cup, being on the end of 1.45 xG, and scoring twice from the chances he has had.

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