World Cup he­roes share heart­break with fans

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT | WORLD CUP -

ENG­LAND play­ers have shared their pain on so­cial me­dia af­ter Wednes­day night’s World Cup semi­fi­nal de­feat to Croa­tia.

United Mid­fielder Jesse Lin­gard said: “Was an honour to rep­re­sent my coun­try at the World Cup. The squad we have is a great bunch of lads who are will­ing to learn and give every­thing and we can hold our heads high.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported our jour­ney - we don’t stop here!

“To see scenes we’ve wit­nessed over the past month means every­thing to us as play­ers and staff. The love and sup­port we re­ceived from ev­ery­one will live long in the me­mory and it’s great we have come to­gether as a na­tion to cre­ate new mem­o­ries. So thank you”

Reds team-mate Mar­cus Rash­ford posted: “Re­ally tough right now but this team’s spe­cial.. we’ll be back. Hope­fully this is the start”

He then posted a mes­sage thank­ing Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate which said: “You’ve brought be­lief and the love of foot­ball back. Thank you boss from the whole na­tion”

City de­fender Kyle Walker took some time to re­flect on the de­feat and said yes­ter­day morn­ing: “I’m still heart­bro­ken and never felt so gut­ted. But there’s some­thing I want to say. This past month, I’ve seen videos go­ing around, pho­tos been sent to me. That felt so good for us here in Rus­sia, and united us more and more, just like it did in our coun­try.

“We might live in a time where some­times it’s eas­ier to be neg­a­tive than pos­i­tive, or to di­vide than to unite, but Eng­land: let’s keep this unity alive. I love you.”

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