Archbishops console England after World Cup semi-final defeat

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England are not where they want to be and find themselves preparing for a match which no team wants to play in after Wednesday night's semi-final loss to Croatia.

Most Rev Justin Welby praised Gareth Southgate's men for their "incredible" participation in the tournament, after the side lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-final stage.

The two were seen reuniting after the game, kissing and embracing among empty seats, later joined by family members.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run.

"You were hoping we were gonna get exhausted towards the end of the game but it was us, Brozovic, Modric, Rakitic who lifted and raised their game", Bilic explains.

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It was hard to say anything that will make them feel better at his moment.

"I'm remarkably proud of the group of players - the reaction of the supporters compared to two years ago shows the country are proud of the way we played". "It's always there every time we wear the shirt of our national team, we want to play with pride, we want to play well and win". I don't think over the six or seven weeks we've been together now that they could have given any more'. "There's a long way for us to go".

Following the defeat, fans took to Twitter using #itsnotcominghome - but some remain hopeful this tournament will prove a springboard for future success.

"In big games, small margins make the difference and they had a ball that fell their way at the end and he stuck it away".

Mandzukic's scored at 109th-minute that sent his country to the final.

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