Published on July 12th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
England Bow Out After Heroic World Cup Run
After their phenomenal efforts throughout the duration of the World Cup tournament, England came up short in the semi-finals last night. England will now be battling for the honor of third place against Belgium after Croatia booked their place in the final last night.
No matter who takes home the Jules Rimet trophy this year, the 2018 World Cup Tournament has certainly been one to remember for years to come. From the shock elimination of Germany, the potential last appearances for the two world’s best footballers in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and the rise of the lowest-ranked nation in the tournament, Russia, there has certainly been something for everyone throughout the duration of the World Cup!
Bringing It Home
Croatia will now face France in the final of the 2018 World Cup thanks to their win last night, with semi-final runners up England and Belgium competing in the third-place playoffs. After their incredible journey in the tournament, England will now battle for the prize of third place and well deserved bronze medals, with fan favourites such as Harry Kane and England manager, Gareth Southgate, hoping to lead their side to a final chance of victory.
The Biggest Stadium Hosting the Biggest Prize
Regardless of the result on Sunday, we can expect an electric and excitable atmosphere when the whistle blows for kick-off at 4pm. The Luzhniki Stadium will hold 80,000 passionate fans whilst the drama unfolds and is regarded as the largest stadium in the host country of Russia. Croatia will be hoping that the good luck omens of the semi-final which was hosted in the same stadium will continue in the duel to hold the Jules Rimet trophy. The stadium also held the 2008 Champions League Final, so it is no stranger to showcasing dramatic moments and will provide a breathtaking atmosphere as nervous eyes watch on.
Celebrating England’s Previous World Cup Greats
An extra motivation spurring on the England team during the third-place play off final will be the glorious achievement of the 1966 World Cup team. Regarded as Football Heroes, greats such as Jimmy Greaves, Gordon Banks and Sir Bobby Charlton were all part of the incredible first ever World Cup winning squad in 1966 and will serve as a huge inspiration to England’s Young Lions. Why not celebrate the achievements of England’s team from yesteryear with a Football Heroes Miniature Sheet First Day Cover?
Whatever happens in St. Petersburg on Saturday, England can keep their heads held high and have surely proven themselves to be a force in football for the years to come!