Euphoria over, back to reality for Southgate's England

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Croatia's fans have traveled to all of their matches sporting the famed red-and-white shirts, but the players haven't been able to wear them since the opening match against Nigeria almost a month ago.

Modric, like many of Croatia's senior players, survived far tougher times than the tension of the World Cup as children during the Balkans War - and so Modric's childhood was anything but traditional.

"We don't actually have that many English players playing in the Premier League so you need someone like Gareth who knows the talent coming through".

"And the togetherness and flexibility we had tactically shows what we want to be as a footballing nation". If that can't be at their parent club, they should go out on loan and sacrifice the under 23 games which are no match for real game experience.

The England wing-back believes reaching the World Cup semi-finals has laid the foundations for future success. They won that tournament.

"The first half was not good for us". Like Southgate, he was a defender who liked to play.

Those old Yugoslav teams were known as the "European Brazilians" for their neat technical moves that sometimes produced great play.

"It's the manner we achieved that - the football we played is Belgian football, it's our brand. We are here to enjoy the final and give our best".

It could have been the greatest day of their lives but England's World Cup squad returned home on Sunday with the euphoria that surrounded their run to the last four having dissipated and familiar, less exhilarating, challenges lying ahead.

Ellena said: "I thought they were brilliant and it's really sad that we don get to celebrate, the team has impressed everyone so much it's such a sad way to welcome them home".

Lyon chairman reopens possibility of Nabil Fekir moving to Liverpool
That's what I saw in the press, but I'm not informed. "His transfer failed in June, but he hasn't been affected by it". Maddock wrote on Twitter : "Fekir met Lyon president at World Cup - pleaded for chance to still join LFC".

Southgate this weekend made the same observation that I made 10 days earlier: that this England side are very like the vibrant young German team at the 2006 World Cup, a nation which was to go on and win the World Cup eight years later.

"Last training session of this World Cup", Kane tweeted on Friday.

In a rare recent interview he said: "I never relax because if you relax in football your level drops and it can be hard to get back into it".

Ryan Sessegnon, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount were all name-checked by the England manager as potential call-ups, so a lot of attention will be on them at the start of the season.

"We are in the World Cup final".

He said: "We don't kid ourselves and we know the areas we hope to get better".

Lester Poole, 29, an airport worker, who live a stones throw from the airport, said: "I think it is quite disappointing their are not more people to support the national team".

"We are a team in transition".

"We've been treated extremely fairly by everybody here", Southgate said.

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