England not a top five team yet says Southgate

England's Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane

England's Gareth Southgate and Harry Kane

They have exceeded all expectations, coming agonisingly close to reaching a World Cup final for the first time since 1966.

Despite the potentially imminent tattoo remarkably Powell is still supporting England.

Harry Kane will likely come home from the World Cup with the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer and a burnished reputation as a feared forward. Surprisingly, they looked like they were playing their first game.

"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get".

Saint Petersburg, Jul 13 England manager Gareth Southgate hopes his team can ride the momentum generated by their run to the World Cup semi-finals and follow the path Germany took to the top of global football.

"There's an energy and a connection back".

Strangely though, I actually feel worse than I did in Brazil after being eliminated after just two games as I really thought we'd be in Moscow on Sunday. Perhaps we had played as well as we could have done.

The board has made a shortened version of the country's 2018 tourism promotional spot "Croatia Full of Life", featuring football players including Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic.

"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible. Thank you boss from the whole nation", the 20-year-old said on Twitter with a picture of himself embracing the England coach. "It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

"There's a culture that exists now every time we come together that we expect any new player who comes in to follow".

Southgate, part of the England team beaten in the semi-finals of Euro 96 when he missed the decisive penalty against Germany, reflected with pride and optimism on Russian Federation 2018. "We can't do that now but we want to finish third". They out-played us for long periods and on the overall performance, probably deserved to win.

It meant another World Cup semifinal heartbreaker for England, only this time the game was under control before it was lost.