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Kieran Trippier fit to play for England vs. Belgium despite groin injury

Kieran Trippier fit to play for England vs. Belgium despite groin injury

Sweden, who have already returned home from the World Cup after being eliminated, were fined for the same offence prior to their quarterfinal defeat to England.

The Telegraph's front page called for England to "Hold your heads high" while the Guardian captured supporters' mood with the headline "The hurt goes on".

Aiming a shot at the second World Cup triumph, Gareth Southgate's wards fell short despite taking a fifth minute lead through Keiran Trippier.

"The honest thing is, it's not a game any team wants to play in", said Southgate, whose side have drawn praise for the way they have briefly united a country bitterly divided over Brexit. England came back in extra-time, but only after a Colombia player hit the crossbar. All wrong tonight. When they come up against a decent team, I think it's inevitable that they were going to struggle tonight.

Gareth Southgate's England team were hailed as heroes by British media, who acclaimed their achievement rather than dwelled on disappointment after their heartbreaking World Cup exit on Wednesday.

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"Hopefully.in the next tournaments we can [go] one step further and it will feel a lot better".

"In terms of what we need to do, we just need to keep continually improving", Southgate said. "There is an energy and connection back".

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus. "We'll finish as one of the top four teams in the world but we're not ranked one of the top four".

"The downside was it took them another eight years to win (the World Cup)". "I'm not looking for eight more years, by the way".

"Once Argentina were out, we just wanted to stay here till the end and watch as many games we could". "It's very hard to put that into context and a bit too soon really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit". We have raised expectation and I don't have a problem with that because we have also raised belief in the players.