England boss Gareth Southgate has discussed his sides World Cup exit and how the side are heading in the right direction going forward.
The Englishman oversaw what was possibly the most exciting World Cup run for 20 plus years and really got the nation believing again.
All with a very fresh and young squad who were heading into their first major tournament and played with their heart on their sleeves.
Players such as Jordan Pickford, John Stones and Harry Maguire took their reputations to the next level and inspired so many at home.
In the end though, they were heading home after Croatia beat Southgate’s side 2-1 after extra time.
Goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic downed the Three Lions but they are expected to come back stronger at Euro 2020.
That is the same way that manager Gareth Southgate feels following the tournament.
Following the exit, the manager has explained that they are just ‘not there yet’ but they will only get better.
‘I don’t think people fully understood the players (previously),’ Southgate explained, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
They care. They care about playing for their country. They have real humility.
‘They’re on their way to being top players but they’re not there yet but we can see we’re progressing and really heading in the right direction.’
‘It’s nice to be appreciated but it’s about the team. It’s about creating an environment to be best we can be, a professional culture’.
‘We’ve made a difference to people’s happiness the last few weeks.’