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

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

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

Croatia's World Cup final opponents, France, are associated with the words "formidable" and "dramatic" as well as "lucky".

Kyle Walker delivered an upbeat appraisal of England's campaign in Russian Federation and proceeded to offer context by providing a comparison with previous tournaments in which he has been involved.

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days' time because at the moment we all feel the pain of the defeat", Southgate said when asked how the loss leaves England. It's always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win.

Customer Dean Lovett, who was checking in, said: "It's going to be really tight when I get there. I have huge respect for France".

London's Hyde Park looks like a war zone after thousands of England fans left after watching their team lose 2-1 to Croatia in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

The Italy striker has had the last laugh after England crashed out in the semi-finals of the World Cup, leaving France and Croatia to contest Sunday's final.

"Did we expect to be in this position?" But when you've got to this point and played as well as we have. you want to take these opportunities in life.

Fans in Moscow devastated after England knocked out by Croatia
That team also exceeded expectations and won the adulation of fans at home with a beloved centre forward who played for Tottenham. It meant another World Cup semifinal heartbreaker for England , only this time the game was under control before it was lost.

"The dressing-room is a really hard place at the moment". There are a lot of things that have been hugely positive for us. "I'm remarkably proud of the group of players", he added.

But if you like Belgium to win, the safest play could just be on Belgium -135 to finish in third place regardless of the 90-minute result.

"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".

These are among the most popular words used to describe teams in this summer's tournament, according to research by Cambridge University Press.

They return to Moscow for the game against Croatia, having played in the Russian capital in the last 16 against Colombia, albeit at the smaller Spartak Stadium. "He's given absolutely everything for the team", Southgate said.

The front pages are in stark contrast to how England's performance was portrayed in 2014, when the team were knocked out in the group stages - the first time since 1958.

In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.

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