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Gareth Southgate agrees with decision not to hold England parade

Gareth Southgate agrees with decision not to hold England parade

We faded in the second half and let Croatia back into the match.

"We're a bit outside the top five but competitive against those teams", he added.

"We regret that England has failed but this is sports".

"If I'm honest, before the tournament I didn't expect them to do so well but we always want them to progress as far as they can".

"We were 20 minutes from a World Cup final and then in extra-time about 10 minutes from penalties to get into the final".

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"They coped brilliantly with all of that". We've raised expectation because we've also raised belief.

Despite Kieran Trippier giving England an early lead, Croatia clawed their way back into the game and edged past Southgate's side after extra time. "That's important in the short, mid and long term as well".

Throughout their World Cup journey, they have been able to meet some of the players after the games, including England's number one Jordan Pickford, Ashley Young, John Stones, and the Three Lions captain, Harry Kane.

"There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well".

"We've set a level of working and performing that we want to maintain and take pride in".

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"I am immensely proud by the way the players have played and we can see by the reaction of the supporters, they felt the same. I think we've shown character and desire, and I think we've brought the nation together", Walker told reporters. "It won't be the same XI but, ideally, we want to make as few changes as possible".

"The support we've had from home is huge". The country has united behind football.

"They are a team who defend well and attack well after recovering the ball".

"But if we had a parade that would have been one part of the country and we represent the whole country as well".

Wembley will host several matches - including the semi-finals and final - as Euro 2020 takes place across various European cities, and Southgate said: "We nearly have a home tournament, it's going to be brilliant".

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England had got off to a flying start when Trippier curled a superb free kick into the top corner in the opening minutes. But it took just five minutes into the semi-final for Trippier to write his name on the score sheet.