England can win a major tournament, says FA's Dan Ashworth

Kieran Trippier

"Dan Ashworth [FA technical director] is doing a fantastic job in the FA at every level".

Martinez said allowing the players' families in the team camp after Tuesday's 1-0 semi-final loss to France had lifted the mood for the third-place playoff, always a hard match for sides still wallowing in the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup final. It certainly makes you think that they can make a huge push for the win against Didier Deschamps' team.

"So, in the end we are very proud of what we've done".

France advanced past Belgium, while Croatia reached its first World Cup final with a win over England in extra time in the semifinals.

"Today is the seventh game in a short period of time and we've had incredible physical and emotional demands on the least experienced team in the tournament", said Southgate.

England's next match will be their UEFA Nations League bow against Spain in September at Wembley.

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"I felt it was important to tell them how proud I was and to recognise how far they got", said Southgate.

"I believe in the players we have in the system and I'm optimistic about the future". "We played one of the best teams in the world with individual talent which is incredible, and we had only two days to get ready for it". They were singing loudly and, when the players and Gareth Southgate came back out to show their appreciation, rose to emphatically hail them as heroes.

The teams meet for the second time at these finals, having also met at the group stage - Belgium won 1-0 with a stunning strike from Adnan Januzaj.

"The biggest thing for me is the ethos of the players and their desire to do better".

"We wanted to win it. We're under no illusions as to where we stand as a team; we've finished in the final four but we're not a top-four team yet", the coach acknowledged.

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