Gareth Southgate sanguine as he calls for extra composure against ‘top teams’

England’s manager reflects on a ‘cruel lesson’ and will know the lost semi-final may have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity It was coming up for 1am local time when Gareth Southgate walked back out to acknowledge the England supporters inside the Luzhniki Stadium who were refusing to leave until he gave them one more appearance. He waved politely. He dropped his water bottle and applauded back. Briefly he scratched his head and blew out his cheeks a little, as if he could not quite believe they were still there, waiting for him, singing that song again. He waved again. He bowed. But it was unmistakable sadness etched on his face.
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