Gareth Southgate defends Harry Kane from semi-final criticism

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

World Cup fever is gripping the country as the Three Lions defied expectations to go their furtherest in the tournament since 1990.

England may have crashed out of the 2018 World Cup, but there are signs the team could go one or two steps further for the follow-up in 2022.

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.

Another wrote: 'Think the phrase "Gareth Southgate the whole of England is with you" has never carried more weight, he has helped a country fall in love with the national side again with his passion and ideologies.

But this is a new England, an England side that has transformed the spirits of a nation.

In the stadium that can still echo to the memories of the legendary middle distance battles between Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe at Moscow's 1980 Olympics, England stumbled with the finishing tape in sight.

England's bid to reach the World Cup final ended in heartbreak and failure on a night of unbearable tension in Moscow.

Next, just look at the England team's progress in the last few years. They have not advanced to the Final since 1966, when they won it all. "England are a risky team in this competition".

Private jets and charter planes were hired, the gloriously ornate corridors and giant escalators of this city's famous Metro system were suddenly filled with familiar songs and England's white shirts.

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I'm just grateful I'm not injured in any way and there is still a lot of road to follow before we get to Paris". It would have been nice not to have lost it in the first place.

"No way will they have such an easy route next time".

Many had dared to believe after the victory on penalties against Colombia and the regulation win against Sweden that things this year could be different.

If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.

The World Cup Final is scheduled for Sunday, July 15 at 11:00am ET.

Spurs need a commanding, ball-playing centre-half to replace the seemingly departing Toby Alderweireld and Maguire, a combination of modern and throwback styles, ticks pretty much every possible box.

He has the total respect and loyalty of his squad.

Numerous same players who led England to such success in Russian Federation this year will be returning in Qatar, with four more years' experience under their belts.

Others looked to the future, with BBC journalist Jeremy Vine tweeting: 'On the upside, Gareth Southgate is now free to be prime minister'. There had been huge optimism during the day that while France in the final would be a tough proposition, there was little doubt that England would make it. "Croatia deserved to win", Mark Burcher, 50, said.

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