England World Cup stars make their way back home from Repino base

Jose Verdugo
Julio 15, 2018

Gareth Southgate's side, who exceeded expectations by reaching the semi-finals in Russian Federation, arrived back at Birmingham on a flight from St Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.

"We are in the World Cup final".

With Croatia advancing to the World Cup final against France on Sunday, players will receive either a gold or silver medal - and Kalinic is entitled to one as an official member of the squad - but whether he receives it has not been determined.

"In the end we are very proud of what we've done".

"If they are not ready we have great players on the bench who are rearing to go".

It contrasts with the slick progress of France, who beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout stages to earn their status as favorites. The team trailed in the round of 16, the quarterfinals and the semifinals, but it came back in all three matches to win.

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Romelu Lukaku will not win the World Cup Golden Boot after being subbed off in the 61st minute of Belgium's 3rd place playoff versus England. Deschamps could become only the third to win soccer's top prize as both player and coach, having captained France in their previous triumph 20 years ago.

"We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready".

Kane - likely to claim the Golden Boot after scoring six goals in Russian Federation - appeared in a glum mood but still managed to acknowledge the fans media outside the hotel.

"Today is the seventh game in a short period of time, and we've had incredible physical demands and emotional demands on the least experienced team in the tournament", Southgate said when put to him that the striker looked exhausted. "What I want is my global team's success, not individual awards".

"There's a lot talked about (in terms of) relationships between our two countries", the England boss said.

"We've had a wonderful experience and I think all our supporters have as well".

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