How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

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Fans across England have hailed Gareth Southgate and his players for a stirring World Cup journey, after their heartbreaking semi-final defeat.

And eight years previously, when Germany beat England 4-1 in South Africa, depriving them of reaching the final eight, the general consensus in the media appeared to be that England were outplayed. But Mario Mandžukić's goal in the 109th minute settled matters.

@MarkThomas0071 wrote: "If England get through, i will promise you that the 3 lions will be after the blood of the cockerel, we will chew you up and spit you out. We wanted to win it all", Kane said. But it doesn't bother me what others say. Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was the hero of the match after he saved penalties from Christian Eriksen, Lasse Schone and Nicolai Jorgensen and guiding his team to the quarter-finals. Two players played with half a leg, but it didn't show!

Around 7,000 England fans had managed to get hold of tickets through official channels, with 2,180 doing so via the England Supporters Travel Club tickets and the rest in Federation Internationale de Football Association sales.

At the last World Cup in 2014 for example, the footballing body took home $560,000, and they will surely be hoping for big bets to come in before Monday's final between France and Croatia.

A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day's less rest.

History in Turin 28 years ago had its echo in Moscow on Wednesday. And based on the manner of how they made it to their first-ever World Cup final, this squad simply feels like a team of destiny.

Another singled out by Southgate, Foden claimed the World Cup Golden Ball award after England's Under-17s triumphed at the tournament in 2017.

Mount has been name-checked regularly by Southgate, trained with the seniors before their departure for Repino and, with Ryan Sessegnon and Phil Foden, attended England's game against Tunisia in Volgograd as a guest of Nike to experience life at the tournament.

"The team and the individuals will be better in a couple of years time".

"We worked so hard". England has also never finished third, and a result for this young side will give them confidence going forward.

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