Prince William's heartfelt message to England squad after World Cup dreams end

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Prince William's heartfelt message to England squad after World Cup dreams end

England supporters at home and in Russian Federation got behind Southgate's men, reviving the Euro 96 anthem 'Three Lions (Football's Coming Home)'.

The song, performed by The Lightning Seeds, was a massive hit during Euro 96 when England reached the semi-finals in a gloriously hot summer.

In their run to the last four, England re-engaged with a fanbase disaffected by decades of failure at worldwide tournaments, most notably in a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016. It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again. First of all I'm so proud of this team and staff for giving everything we could over a long period of time together.

"I don't stick it on, it's not on the playlist, but I can listen to it now".

Neville gave an optimistic outlook on England's prospects after they exceeded expectations at the World Cup, and said Southgate's men were now better equipped for high-pressure situations.

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After triumphing 2-0 in a "way easier than they've learned to expect" match against Sweden on Saturday, England advances to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

"They have come through so many different obstacles, improved and got even tighter. We felt we were good enough but have fallen just a bit short". "For everyone out here following us and everyone back home it is special".

"We did say before the game that these lads will have to take the opportunity now as it may never happen again. They played well and made it difficult for us... it's hard to put your finger of it". That's the biggest thing so far.

He added: "It's time now to hold our heads high as a nation and be proud of each other".

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