Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

English fans toss their beers high and far to celebrate goal

English fans toss their beers high and far to celebrate goal

England were the favourites heading in to the semifinal, but it wasn't to be, and those watching at home were left distraught, some in tears. "Everyone is born with it, we have good players, and I believe they will bring the cup home, but we'll see on Monday morning at 3 o'clock".

Many fans had their heads in their hands, while others shook their heads in disbelief. They'll have to be hugely proud of the team and they must think that they can beat us.

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began. We had to withstand a very hard onslaught in the second half.

"They have done so well".

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".

While Southgate's waistcoat accumulates national attention, another item worn by the Three Lions boss has been credited with bringing luck to the team in Russian Federation.

Presumably not the people who have to clean up after though, we all know more than half of them don't get drunk.

"They should have turned up, it's the semi-final of a World Cup".

"We've always watched the England games in Penticton, and we got thrown out of a pub a couple of years ago for singing too much".

"That speaks volumes in itself".

Jenas talked about his experience in training when the two played with Spurs, thinking he could mark the midfielder but discovering Modric would find ways to get free time and time again.

There was no penalty heartache this time, like in the semifinals at the 1990 World Cup or 1996 European Championship.

Chris Treloar, 34, said: "I'm absolutely gutted, especially with the way the goal went in".

"It's been fantastic until now".

"You all just said to them, "Just do what you can", but now even you are hoping that it can come home, yeah?" "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the final".

Nick Branch, 35, joked: "I'm a West Ham fan so I'm used to disappointment".

Southgate added: "You learn from situations in life and you are stronger for these moments and of course when I look at where we are in a tournament, I am proud of the way the players have played".

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