But everything about this World Cup has been as good as it could be - the atmosphere, the games, the feeling around the tournament - it has all been top quality.
England's journey in this World Cup may be over, and the cup may not be "coming home" after all, but the team's performance has still left many fans extremely proud - especially about Southgate's leadership throughout the tournament.
"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it". This team can now cope with better moments and better pressure. It was hard to say anything that will make them feel better at his moment. Belgium and England face off in the third-place match after losing in the semifinals.
"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".
"Unfortunately, we just came up a bit short".
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"We're absolutely gutted but I think we have to take it on the chin". They have given us so much to shout about.
There were doubts over all of them before they came to Russian Federation, but not anymore.
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But he has done a magnificent job.
As on Wednesday after the match, Dalic pointed out that Croatia did not have a stadium suitable to host England in the new Nations League later this year, an issue that he viewed as proof of the extraordinary feat he had orchestrated.
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Across teams, there have been a number of players who have stolen the headlines for their displays and maybe rightly so but there have been many who put in superb shifts for the team.
There is lots to look forward to, too.
Having pounced on Ivan Perisic's header through, the Juventus striker expertly drilled the ball past Jordan Pickford in the England goal before wheeling away in celebration.
"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".
"Three weeks ago, there wasn't even a connection with the England football team".
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