Euphoria over, back to reality for Southgate's England

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We will remind that the match for third place in the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association world Cup between England and Belgium will take place on Saturday, July 14, and will start at 17:00 Kyiv time.

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.

"There are three or four players who will not be in the next generation and can be easily replaced by other talents in the Premier League".

"We haven't made the decision to not arrange a homecoming".

"It's a really hard challenge for both teams to pick themselves up and go again", Southgate said.

The Three Lions will visit Croatia on October 12 and Gareth Southgate will no doubt be keen to right the wrongs from their World Cup semi-final clash.

"If Croatia can win then we will all be able to dream of doing it", Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said on the eve of the game, spelling out that the dominance of the tournament by the larger, established footballing super powers could be at an end.

Both teams will line up in Saint Petersburg with a sense of what might have been as France and Croatia prepare for Sunday's final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, but they will want to leave Russian Federation on a high. A couple of very good wins against inferior opposition and suddenly football was coming home.

All the players trained yesterday and want to play.

Foden faces a tough challenge to break into the Manchester City starting XI but with Raheem Sterling one of the players in need of rest after long summer, his opportunity could come in the opening weeks of the season.

"I expect we'll be back in the top ten when the rankings come out".

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"What we've done over the previous year is make decisions which have been right for keeping winning in the short term but also for mid- and long-term development".

Proud England football fans have been blocked from welcoming their World Cup heroes back home at Birmingham Airport.

Some Serbs - whose team didn't make it past the group stage - joked about Croatia being a better team, with a popular post on social media declaring that Serbia's biggest success recently in soccer was being a neighbor to a World Cup finalist.

"We've been tracking the plane on an app all the way from Russian Federation".

Modric has covered more yards than any player at the World Cup, registering 63.03 kilometers (39 miles) in six games, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"Tomorrow is the World Cup final".

"We haven't hidden in terms of where we see our progress, but we also leave here having progressed a lot as a team".

But there is no rush on either side for a deal to be agreed, with Southgate already signed up until Euro 2020, when England have a great opportunity to go one round better than in Russian Federation, with potentially four or five of their games at Wembley.

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

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

The presidents of both Croatia and France will again be in the stands to support their teams along with pop stars such as Mick Jagger and a host of the game's legends.

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