England to play Croatia behind-closed-doors in next match

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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.

But regularly, the game is used to give reserves game time in a tournament in which they might not have featured regularly.

And despite losing their last two games, England can return home with their heads held high. We feel we can get a lot better as a team and as a group.

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. They will be buoyed by the positive experiences, of which there have been many.

Many believe that Kieran Trippier was England's best player in the World Cup and one statistic in particular highlights just how good his tournament has been.

Of the 22 players who started the game, 19 play for English clubs.

Zlatko Dalic's coaching career has mirrored his team's campaign at the World Cup - a long, hard road to recognition and respect on the back of the hard currency of results.

England have won only one of the previous 21 World Cup games in which they've conceded the first goal; that was the 1966 final against Germany.

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It means England fans will have to wait until the Three Lions' next fixtures in September to properly thank the players for their efforts.

As quoted by FourFourTwo, he said: "A tattoo after the World Cup final?" The team has been here before, in 1990 when they finished fourth in the tournament, and they'll be hoping to better that with a third-place finish.

"I must say the support we've had from home and the feeling of support is vast".

Southgate said the squad could be proud of their achievement in getting to the semi-final. But you need to be realistic when you finish the tournament and look back.

Some of Belgium's key players will now also have hard decisions to make about where they play their club football next season. "These players deserve to have that accolade".

"We've had a wonderful experience and I think all our supporters have as well", Southgate added.

He said: "I think it's the reconnecting with the England fans (that has stood out), the fact that fans got really excited by the way we played, the way the England team have shown up - team first, individuals second".

Southgate asked reporters for a moment's attention at the end of a press conference that followed England's 2-0 loss to Belgium in Saturday's third-place match.

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