England defeat watched by 26.5m

England manager Gareth Southgate conducts the fans after his side's win over Sweden

England manager Gareth Southgate conducts the fans after his side's win over Sweden

Before we get to Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow between Croatia and France, we have the third-place match between the semifinal losers England and Belgium in Saint Petersburg.

Roberto Martinez's Belgium, who were beaten 0-1 by France in the last-four stage, topped Group G ahead of England after an Adnan Januzaj goal proved to be decisive. "This group will be stronger in two years' time, due to their age and because of the big-match experiences which we've now been through".

After the match, England fans serenaded the players and manager with Oasis's hit, 'Don't Look Back In Anger, ' in a move that demonstrated an end to the antagonistic or frustrated relationship between managers, players and supporters. We are extremely proud of our players, this is one of the greatest achievements in the history of Croatian sport.

"To have been able to make a difference is something that will live with us all forever, so we can tell the way that the country has united behind football and that's maybe more important than the performance in some respects".

Despite failing to make the most of arguably their best chance of reaching the final since 1966, British media hailed the team as heroes with Mirror Sport declaring them "National Treasures", while the Daily Mail saluted their efforts.

"We'll have the players inspired by what's happened over the last few weeks".

England now holds the under-17 and under-20 World Cup crowns.

"We're here to try and improve every time we play and every time we go into a tournament".

Gareth Southgate says he is already planning for the European Championships in 2020 following England's defeat to Croatia on Wednesday.

"But when you've got to this point, and we've played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life".

"But we have high motivation to perform". If we were to hold a tournament in ping pong all of us would be rooting for that single player. We will carry one another.

"He didn't. He wanted to do what was right for the team, so it would be even more powerful for him if he wins the Golden Boot having made that sacrifice, in my opinion".

"Of course it's going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

"I think everyone was a little nervous about how the whole tournament was going to go".

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