The Bronze Generation? England’s dream is over and Croatia make history as France await

The semi-final may have been a game too far for England but what a journey it’s been. Gareth the Lionheart’s young team fell short but gave us memories that we’ll cherish forever. Knighthoods for all!


We look back over England’s tournament with fondness, surprise and a little bit of curiosity about what could have been. That’s more like it.


We also discuss the irrelevances that are the third place play-off and the final. 


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Further reading


Luka Modric felt England underestimated Croatia:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44804874


Michael Cox on Gareth Southgate’s semi-final tactics:


https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/world-cup-2018-england-vs-croatia-gareth-southgate-tactics-tactical-immaturity-final-a8443526.html


How England’s players rated:


https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/11/croatia-england-player-ratings-world-cup-semi-final

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