England’s run at the 2018 FIFA World Cup may have ended in heartbreak after their extra-time loss in the semi-final at the hands of Croatia, but Three Lions forward Marcus Rashford has reminded everyone of what a brilliant job Gareth Southgate has done with a stirring post on Instagram.
The Manchester United forward echoed the sentiments of an entire nation with this short caption:
After decades of underperformance, the English public were not expecting much from Southgate’s youthful side in Russia.
However, after coming second in their group to Belgium, the Three Lions beat Colombia in their last-16 clash by virtue of a penalty shootout.
That win over Los Cafeteros was a turning point for England had lost all nine of their previous shootouts and they followed it up with a. convincing 2-0 win over Sweden to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.
Many of Southgate’s players, including 20-year-old Rashford, weren’t even born in 1990, to put the aforementioned stat into perspective.
Still, as fancied sides like Germany, Brazil and Argentina all fell by the wayside, England reached the semis and while they did eventually bow out, they exit Russia with their heads held high.
Technically they are still in the tournament as they have a third-place playoff with Belgium on Saturday before they can go back home.
The tie against the Belgian Red Devils could be classified as a grudge match as they beat Rashford and Co. in the group stage.
Realistically speaking, England will be serious contenders for the 2020 European Championships, which will be held for the first time in multiple countries.