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Chins up, Three Lions!

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In the end, things were the same as they have always been and England were eliminated. Had the newfound strength of the "Three Lions" been nothing but an illusion? Had we been wrong? Not at all!

They fought through 120 energy-sapping minutes in the semifinal, but in the end, the Croatians got the job done in extra time. There is no shame in being eliminated in this manner, England can hold their heads high.

Even though football's not "coming home" as England supporters had hoped, England are still winners. Of course the disappointment is hard to take. This was clear for all in to see as a number of players collapsed on the pitch, tears rolling down their cheeks as they realized that they had missed their opportunity to play in the final. But this opportunity could return soon – like in Qatar in four years' time.

DW's Pascal Jochem

A real team

Real cohesion, enthusiasm........

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