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Southgate speaks on England defeat

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England manager, Gareth Southgate, has spoken after his side misplaced 2-1 to Croatia in their semi-very last clash on Wednesday night.

The 3 Lions had been bidding to attain a primary world Cup very last for fifty two years, but saw their hopes ended through Mario Mandzukic’s 109th-minute purpose.

Kieran Trippier had given Southgate’s guys an early lead, but Ivan Perisic levelled within the second 1/2.

Southgate says the defeat is “difficult” to take, but expects his crew to be higher for it.

Southgate said

“You see the supporters’ reaction at the end – I can’t ask any more from the players.

“By the end, several players were out on their feet. That shows you everything.

“We have come an incredibly long way in a short period of time. We are probably beyond where we thought we might be able to go. The team will be stronger for that.

“There weren’t clear changes that we thought could change it. There was a period for 20 minutes in the second half where we stopped playing. As we reflect there will be a lot more positives but tonight it is difficult to take.

“The players have to look at the reaction of the supporters. You don’t get that if you haven’t given everything. In the six or seven weeks we’ve been together, we could not have given any more,” he said after the game.

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