Prince William's heartfelt message to England squad after World Cup dreams end

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But one of the most viral images from the tournament came after England's loss to Croatia 2-1 in a semifinal match Wednesday in Russian Federation.

This is the second personal tweet to come from Prince William during England's incredible World Cup run; after their impressive 2-0 win against Sweden last week, the future King allowed himself to dream and say those three small words that have been the country's mantra in recent weeks. But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life.

But the turnaround has been remarkable and Southgate's leadership, along with his trademark waistcoat, have won the hearts of the nation and earned him a big reward.

"In terms of mentality it's obviously been a really hard couple of days for us", he said, revealing there would be some changes for the Belgium game.

"For these players, many have come of age on an worldwide stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done", Southgate added. "We want to keep those standards right to the end".

"We, as a team, have made incredible progress and probably got to a stage where at the start of the tournament we would have considered a success".

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"Now we have a new benchmark, a new level of expectation".

"I think our job is to maximise the strengths that we have and to make the most of the team that we have", the England boss said, having seen nine of his side's 12 goals come from set-pieces.

"We've proved to ourselves and our country that's possible".

"Many of our players have come of age on the global stage".

'The players have to look at the reaction of the supporters and see. We enjoyed every moment as a nation, I'd like to thank all the staff and fans for being behind us. There's a long way for us to go.

"'They are favourites, but we will do our best to surprise them". We have the chance to win a medal at the World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.

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