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They were saying exactly the same thing too - how great this World Cup has been, and how fantastic it has been for England. It reminded me a lot of what that night against Germany was like, and how great a feeling it was to walk out on the pitch at Wembley. I walked around the city with my son for two or three hours before rencontre demi finale euro 2018 Croatia game and all the England fans we saw were having a great time, which is the way it should be. Croatia were better than us, rencontre demi finale euro 2018, and they deserved to go through. That did not change after we were knocked out, either. It is a lot easier to be a player in these games than it is to be a fan, though.



Read more about sharing. The scenes at the Luzhniki Stadium at the end of our semi-final defeat by Croatia summed up what has changed about England at this World Cup. Two years ago, when we lost to Iceland at Euro , the team was booed off and there was a horrible atmosphere afterwards of anger and disillusionment.

On Wednesday night, it was totally different. There was no animosity at the final whistle and instead thousands of our fans wanted to thank the players for what they have done for everyone over the past month. I was sitting in the middle of our supporters and it was great to see, despite the disappointment of the result.

That connection between the team and the fans is back, which shows how far we have come. Media playback is not supported on this device World Cup It reminded me a lot of what that night against Germany was like, and how great a feeling it was to walk out on the pitch at Wembley. It is a lot easier to be a player in these games than it is to be a fan, though. As a fan, you go on the full ride.

Wednesday was a nerve-wracking night and I was kicking every ball. I had Gary Lineker on my left and Dan Walker on my right and I would imagine both of them had bruised legs on Thursday morning, because I kept grabbing hold of them every time something happened. England experience epitomises a wonderful World Cup Media playback is not supported on this device Emotional scenes as England players react to semi-final defeat I have worked on every major tournament as a BBC pundit since the World Cup and this one has been my favourite by a long way.

To be honest, it might even have been the best in my lifetime. Coming into it, I did not really know what to expect in Russia and like everyone else I was a bit worried about what might happen. But everything about this World Cup has been as good as it could be - the atmosphere, the games, the feeling around the tournament - it has all been top quality. What epitomised all of that for me was the way the England fans behaved this week, after arriving in their thousands before the semi-final.

It was amazing to be a part of it, and seeing them all so happy has been one of the stand-out moments of my time in Russia. There has been no crowd trouble involving our supporters, and I have seen no idiots in Moscow. I walked around the city with my son for two or three hours before the Croatia game and all the England fans we saw were having a great time, which is the way it should be.

That did not change after we were knocked out, either. They were saying exactly the same thing too - how great this World Cup has been, and how fantastic it has been for England. Croatia were better than us, and they deserved to go through. England had a great opportunity and it hurts to come so close to our first World Cup final since , but I think you have to focus on all the positives that we can take from this campaign.

I would go back to what I said at the start of this tournament, which was that if this England team can go home with everyone saying that they could not have given anymore, then that would mean they had a good World Cup. That is exactly what has happened. Ultimately we were not good enough to win it, but we can accept that - as a team, they still far exceeded all of our expectations, and I would congratulate them for that.

They have given us so much to shout about. There were doubts over all of them before they came to Russia, but not anymore. But he has done a magnificent job. As well as our first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, our first win in a knock-out game since and our first win in a World Cup penalty shootout, he has given us hope, and something to cheer.

When I talk about what has changed for England, so much of it comes down to Gareth and his meticulous planning. He has built a team, and found a system that the players believe in. There is lots to look forward to, too.

Sometimes, when England go out of a tournament, there is a need to press the reset button and start again but that is far from the case this time. We want to carry on what we are doing, and maintain the positive feeling around the team and the fans. Then he will start thinking about how he is going to take this team forward, into the European Championship, and how he can continue their improvement. That will be his next target.



Les handballeurs francais, champions du monde en titre, ont chute en demi-finales de l'Euro face a l'Espagne () et dit adieu a leur reve de reconquete. Apres la guerre tactique de la premiere demi-finale France-Belgique mardi, ce choc Angleterre-Croatie a donne lieu a un match plus decousu, marque par des revirements, des bousculades et bien des chances bousillees. Les Anglais níont apparemment pas su quoi faire de leur avance hative.

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