England revitalised, pride regained – and a chance missed

Media playback is not supported on this device England’s devastated players could barely drag themselves off the turf as they slumped in front of their fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Gareth Southgate, his entire squad and support staff, looked in a daze as they stood just 20 yards from the banks of England supporters who had flooded into Russia fuelled by hope and the desire to witness history. Southgate helped Ashley Young, at 33 the elder statesman of England’s side, to his feet while tears were shed by the youngster Marcus Rashford and many others.

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