Shearer: "The Third and Fourth Place Play-Off is utter stupidity"

Sherman Parsons
July 13, 2018

England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990 under Southgate before losing in extra-time to Croatia. Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final". The two teams played in the final group stage match with reserves, with Belgium winning 1-0 and earning placement into the tougher side of the knockout bracket as a result.

The team has since beaten England and now all eyes in Croatia are on Sunday's final.

"This was our problem for 10 years, we had great individuals but no unity and that's why I had to build that unity of goal in the team".

As Croatia now face France on Sunday to decide who is crowned world champion, England will have a second go at Belgium for the third-place play-offs this Saturday.

The Three Lions once again scored from a dead ball situation, their eighth set-piece goal of this World Cup.

The Three Lions fought bravely but came up just short in extra time as Croatia snatched a late victor to book their spot in Sunday's final with France.

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Skipper Ronaldo has netted four times in Russian Federation , including a hat-trick in his side's opening game against Spain . Portugal coach Fernando Santos expected Ronaldo to keep contributing to the national team. "It was hard ", he continued.

Captain Kane admits England may have missed a golden chance to win the World Cup after being given a favourable draw in a tournament where so numerous traditionally strong nations fell by the wayside.

The game: "You have to be proud of the second half and extra-time".

"It is a very unusual game because it's a fixture for two teams coming off the back of a disappointment, but the game is there and we need to play it", said the Chelsea man. Records have been shattered, tears have been shed, and a number of fans from around the world have flocked to the tournament to watch the greatest spectacle in the world and they have not been disappointed by the festivities. "Mistakes were always going to happen but I think to be a top team you have got to play in that style". One of them was Gareth Southgate, the head coach and manager of the English soccer team.

"We were really comfortable in the game", said England defender Harry Maguire, who twice rose highest at corners in the first 15 minutes to send headers wide of Croatia's goal. Although that would not be a sacrifice hahahaha, but since I cannot do it, I would offer my house to see Croatia world champion!

There is no problem about quality in the squad, though in an earlier column I said some of the squad would need to be sharper, aggressive.

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