England icon slams third place play-off

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It is a game neither team want to play, even if it could determine if Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot. It was not to be for the young side but Prince William has said he "couldn't be more proud of this team". There's still the small matter of a World Cup final of course, and we feel France are deserving favourites to win Sunday's showpiece.

Rio Ferdinand posted a heartfelt video telling the team: "You have united the country and go home as heroes".

Coming into it, I did not really know what to expect in Russian Federation and like everyone else I was a bit anxious about what might happen.

Meanwhile the England men's U20's team achieved World Cup glory after beating Venezuela 1-0 past year. "They can see we are capable of progressing". "We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game".

"It is a very unusual game because it's a fixture for two teams coming off the back of a disappointment, but the game is there and we need to play it", said the Chelsea man.

- Gareth SouthgateRobbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty ImagesTHANKING THE FANSFrom England Twitter: "To everyone who supported us".

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Scenes after the game were, perhaps unsurprisingly, more subdued than after the quarter-final win against Sweden.

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard. We've had success at youth level, and what we've done over the last few weeks has shown people what is possible.

At this year's World Cup, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play.

TV host James Corden tweeted in response to someone who said that England's captain had let the team down: "Nobody let anybody down".

Sensibly, Southgate says he will wait to see how well his players recover from another gruelling contest before picking a side.

England take on Belgium for the third place playoff on Saturday, so don't pack away your England shirts just yet.

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