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Neil Johnston

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  1. Goodbye

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    And then there was one.

    One last game after an exhilarating and fabulously entertaining World Cup.

    We're back at 13:00 BST on Sunday for build-up of the final between France and Croatia.

    When that starts at 16:00 BST, England will have landed back at Birmingham Airport. Thanks for the memories, lads.

    Until next time...

  2. 'I couldn't have asked players for any more'

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    More from Gareth Southgate on England's World Cup campaign: "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."

  3. Golden Boot on its way to Kane?

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    With one game remaining, Harry Kane tops the 2018 World Cup scoring charts. Only Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann remain a threat but they will need to grab a hat-trick in Sunday's final against Croatia to join him on the top spot.

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    Jay: Talk of the England team getting commemorative waistcoats is just a cheap shot and disrespectful seeing how they've done better than the likes of Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina

    Dan: England are a long way from being a good team. We lost every time we faced a half decent team.

    Samuel: This game, and the Croatia game, came down to margins really. Not disappointing the nation if we lose on fine margins / key moments against the best teams in the tournament.

  5. 'A game too far'

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    England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to ITV: "Belgium are a better side than us. We had to play flat out. We had a day less to repair and recover. It was a game too far for us.

    "Belgium are a top team and they will be thinking they should have gone further than they did. We caused them problems and pinned them back but they have players of the highest quality.

    "Two years on, you look at the number of caps and age of squad for Belgium. This is their peak but we are nowhere near that and we knew that the whole way through."

  6. WATCH: Pickford save denies 'goal of the tournament'

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    It's been a World Cup to remember for Jordan Pickford. Those days grafting in non-league at Darlington and Alfreton were worth it.

    Just look at this...

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    Semi-finalists 1986, 2018

    Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, speaking on ITV: "It's all about the achievement, this is Belgium's best finish at a World Cup. The players deserve that and they wanted to make the country proud.

    "We had 10 different goal scorers, the joint best in World Cup history. This team have broken records in the right way."

  8. 'We can hold our heads high

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    More from England captain Harry Kane: "The lads couldn't have given any more. Belgium are obviously a good team. I can't fault the lads, we gave everything.

    "We wanted to finish on a high. We're disappointed not to have won the game but it shows we can still learn and hold our head up high."

  9. Watch: Hazard's goal seals Belgium victory

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    Look away now, Phil Jones.

  10. 'I'll be very proud'

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    England captain Harry Kane on the prospect of wining the Golden Boot: "It shows we had a good group stage, scored a lot of goals. Obviously I'm disappointed I couldn't get a goal in the last few games.

    "Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn't. But if I win it, it'll be something I'll be very proud of."

  11. WATCH: Dier's chip cleared off line

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    Video caption: Dier's deft chip cleared off line by Alderweireld

    It could have been so different had this gone in.

  12. 'We don't want to wait another 20 years'

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    England captain Harry Kane, speaking to ITV: "This game showed there is still room for improvement. We're not the finished article, we're still improving and will only get better. We don't want to wait another 20 years to get into the semi-finals and the big matches. We need to improve, we need to get better but that will come.

    "We have made huge strides. Now it is about resting up and getting ready for the next season."

  13. Post update

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    Roberto Martinez 2-0 England. The Belgium boss has masterminded two wins over England at the same World Cup and he is sporting a beaming smile as he stands with his players on the pitch awaiting a presentation.

    Thierry Henry is in deep discussion with Eden Hazard. Imagine those two playing in the same team. Now that would be special.

  14. Watch: Meunier puts Belgium into early lead

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    Great goal but what happened to England's defence?

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    Remember when the England team used to retreat to the dressing room almost immediately after a game?

    They're still out on the pitch. Gareth Southgate is going round each and every one of his players and delivering a handshake and a few words of encouragement.

  16. 'Russia 2018 has been a success'

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    Dion Dublin

    Ex-Aston Villa striker on BBC Radio 5 live

    I'm very proud of this England side. Today's performance wasn't great, but all in all, Russia 2018 has been a success. This young side will go places and they have the nation behind them.

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    Harry Kane leads England's players towards the fans. Kieran Trippier gives Eden Hazard a pat on the head and Gareth Southgate is on the pitch saying something to Eric Dier. England's players look dead on their feet but they are staying out on the pitch to applaud their travelling fans.


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    All over! England end the 2018 World Cup with a defeat...and fourth spot!

    Belgium celebrate
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    Another lovely turn by Eden Hazard away from a tired Eric Dier. Blow the full-time whistle, ref!