England manager Gareth Southgate had admitted that his side have overachieved at this summers World Cup.
This young and inexperienced Three Lions squad travelled to Russia with expectations at an all-time low, but England ended up going on a superb run to the semi-final that finally gave their long-suffering fans something to shout about at a major tournament.
Although their journey ultimately ended in disappointment with a 2-1 semi-final defeat and a 2-0 loss to Belgium in the third-place playoff today, Southgate admitted he feels his side has overachieved and was full of praise for his players.
“We have been competitive, over achieved our landmark and to finish in the top four is probably above where we are currently. But the players deserve every bit of praise they will get when they come back.
“We have tried to maximize the players we have and their individual profiles. It’s not club football, you can’t go and buy players but for me the players who have been here have conducted themselves exquisitely. I can’t have asked for any more from them.”