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A World Cup to savour

The 2018 World Cup will go down as one of the best football tournaments in living memory.

It has been a World Cup full of surprises, goals and VAR controversy and we had a final to match.

France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia was a microcosm of the World Cup in general.

This tournament has seen the most own goals ever and the most goals ever scored at set pieces so it was only natural that these featured in the final between France and Croatia.

VAR has also been a new addition this time around and we had a goal awarded by the video assisted referee in this tie.

We have also had our fair share of world-class goals from outside the box, and Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba obliged in this game.

With Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal being knocked out fairly early, it cleared a path for England to perform well at the World Cup.

Before this tournament, nobody gave us a prayer of doing well.

But a journey to the semi-final has restored pride in our national team. We won our first ever World Cup penalty shootout as well, which is something that should not be underestimated.

Harry Kane won the Golden Boot by scoring six goals and some real gems were unearthed, including Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Jordan Henderson and Kieran Trippier.

With the younger England teams winning tournaments last year, the future is looking bright for England. We may never get an easier opportunity to reach the World Cup Final, but hopefully what this tournament has done is to strengthen the mental resolve of our team.

Gareth Southgate has to be given most of the credit for our incredible run. He has an aura of calm that translates to the players on the pitch and that has spread throughout the nation. His classy, gentlemanly style is a credit to our nation and yet he hasn’t been afraid to make big decisions when they needed to be made.

Let us hope that this is the start of something great for the Three Lions.

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