Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Mixed feelings for Belgium as they are feted by fans

Mixed feelings for Belgium as they are feted by fans

The Croats, who have reached the World Cup final for the first time and will face France on Sunday for the title, have had the most success at the world's biggest soccer tournament since Yugoslavia descended into war in 1991 and spawned seven different Federation Internationale de Football Association nations.

England could finish third in the World Cup with a victory over Belgium, but manager Gareth Southgate believes they are not yet among the elite teams in global football.

The statement from Birmingham Airport read: "Please be aware that there will be no public viewing area to see the England Football team arrive home so we strongly advise the public not to come to Birmingham Airport as you will not see the team".

England's youth teams have experienced success in recent years with the under-17 and under-20 sides being crowned world champions in their age groups.

It was emotionally hard after the semi-finals, but our players are just incredible. "Whatever happens, we will be happy and proud because we deserved it".

"We didn't exactly beat great teams - Leyton Orient could have beaten Panama!"

"There are certain hurdles we needed to overcome, historical landmarks, we've not won a knockout game for 10 years, penalty shoot-outs - we've shown what's possible", he said.

"But we're not a top-four team yet". Modric, who joined, Real Madrid for Sh3 billion ($30 million) in 2012 from English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur, has played a key role in Croatia's good run to the final.

England arrived back at Birmingham airport on Sunday afternoon with one victor among their ranks, as Harry Kane was confirmed as the victor of the Golden Boot. Its 2-1 semifinal defeat by Croatia prevented it from reaching a first final in 52 years.

On Saturday, a team made up of officials from the city of Zagreb were finalizing plans for a grand reception for members of the team when they return home today regardless of the outcome of Sunday's final, according to local website

Modric has covered more yards than any player at the World Cup, registering 63.03 kilometers (39 miles) in six games, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association. They may have fallen just short here, but they'll win a major tournament soon. "He [Kane] has captained the team exceptionally well, he has led the culture we are trying to create".

"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 so we'd like to thank you for that".

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