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What a World Cup that was. The tournament in 2018 was one of the best ever, not least because of England made it all the way to the semifinals, losing to Croatia in extra-time before a final defeat in the third-place play off tie against Belgium.
Gareth Southgate and that squad have achieved so much more than just reaching a WC Semi Final.- Jeff (@JabHookNQPR) July 11, 2018
They managed to make a country's support that had little or no connect with the national team; fall in love with them just like Italia 90.
Start of something special :flag_black:
I think I actually love Gareth Southgate. pic.twitter.com/5L7tklHivG- BerryHead :kiss: (@HeadBerry) July 11, 2018
Gareth Southgate, the whole of England is with you. You gave us a brilliant World Cup campaign, with supporters fully getting behind the Three Lions once more. It's not been this great since 1990, when Sir Bobby Robson was at the helm and Gary Lineker leading the line for England.
But now for a true test of the side. Via Planet Football, the England side were simulated through an entire Premier League season in Football Manager.
So how did it go?
After a poor start to the season, where England lost three games in their opening five games, the side started to find form, enjoying an unbeaten spell during the mid-way point of the season.
But following the Christmas period comes a devastating collapse. Losses Swansea in the FA Cup and to Newcastle and Huddersfield in the league took the sting out of the superb spell over Christmas. A defeat to Bournemouth seemed to be the final straw. They start to collect points towards the end of the season and Harry Kane even lifts the Golden Boot at the end of the season.
England finish fifth in the Premier League, just a point behind Liverpool, meaning they'll play European football next season, albeit in the Europa League. What makes the achievement that extra special, however, is that they ended the season on 72 points, a tally which, if earned in seasons gone by, would have had the Three Lions much higher in the table.
Would you have guessed the Three Lions would've finished fifth? Let us know in the comments section.
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