'We left everything out there,' says England manager Southgate

The Telegraph's front page called for England to "Hold your heads high" while the Guardian captured supporters' mood with the headline "The hurt goes on".

You can't win the big trophies, you can't dominate football matches, you can't put yourself in a position where you are not giving the ball away unless you've got good players in midfield who can keep the ball.

"The youth and enthusiasm of the team propelled them back into the minds of their public", said Southgate.

The draw at 90 minutes led to a heated extra time period with during which England's Dele Alli and Croatia's Ivan Rakitic almost came to blows.

But the mood was dampened by the heartbreaking extra-time loss to Croatia in midweek, with England now likely to make a low-key return following Saturday's third-place play-off against Belgium. It wasn't the outcome we wanted and as painful as it is right now, I'm sure we will learn an very bad lot from last night's game...

@JesseLingard: To see scenes we've witnessed over the past month means everything to us as players and staff.

"He was was totally on board with us not playing him in the first game against Belgium".

The board has made a shortened version of the country's 2018 tourism promotional spot "Croatia Full of Life", featuring football players including Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic.

"If we had a parade, that would have been one part of the country".

"The downside of is it took them another eight years to win", he said.

Back then, a powerful West Germany team edged England in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw, and lifted the trophy days later.

"We did say before the game that these lads will have to take the opportunity now as it may never happen again". I'm not looking for eight years by the way but internationally you have to wait every two years.

Mr Jex has been in Russian Federation for a week, visiting the sites and scenes of the country when not occupied by the World Cup. We have raised expectation and I don't have a problem with that because we have also raised belief in the players.

  • Stacy Allen