Fresh, confident and Southgate - the key words to describe England team

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Hopes of a first final since 1966 were dashed on Wednesday after England slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Croatia.

"The dressing-room is a really hard place at the moment. Thank you, England": A simple message of gratitude from the Express, accompanied by a picture of Southgate and his players showing their appreciation to the travelling supporters.

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that". But, for 31 of the 32 teams that qualify for the World Cup every for years, the tournament ends in disappointment, and that's especially true for the teams that lose in the semifinal.

Southgate also paid tribute to Croatia, who have shown incredible resilience to make the final after winning two knockout games by penalty and the other deep in extra time.

"I'd be amazed if we didn't learn in the next few days he's (Kane) been carrying an injury since the Colombia game", Neville said on ITV.

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The Daily Telegraph said losing to Germany was "England's worst World Cup defeat". This is why I am proud.

"It's hard to put that into context now, and a bit too soon". It's clear to everybody the progress that's been made in terms of the level of performance and togetherness of the group.

"But I think even now after 20 years people will remember us and not just the '98 team. We've proved to ourselves and our country that is possible".

"We salute you": It's pretty much a love letter from the Mail's sport section to Southgate and his team.

The England boss was also asked if the team's leading scorer Harry Kane had exhausted as the tournament progressed and was perhaps missing his cutting edge in the semifinals. "Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

These are among the most popular words used to describe teams in this summer's tournament, according to research by Cambridge University Press.

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