How The Media Reacted To England's World Cup Exit Shows How Much Progress Has Been Made
As of Wednesday night, England's World Cup dreams came crashing down and although we're heartbroken and miserable, it's made our mornings to see so much support from the media.
Making it to the semi-finals has proven to everybody how far we've come as a team.
The last time we placed this high was in 1990, meaning some fans have never seen us in a semi-final placement in their lives, but the dream was shattered on Wednesday night thanks to a 109th minute goal from Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, the man for the big occasion.
The morning after being 22 minutes from a #WorldCup final :pensive: but waking up to these front & back pages confirms the significant progress this @England squad has made over the last 7 weeks.- Andy Walker (@_andywalker_) July 12, 2018
Immensely honoured to be a part of these #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/Tq2Gg6C3lR
The game started with an Englandgoal around the first 5 minutes by Trippier, driving fans crazy, but Croatia soon caught us up to 2-1 with goals by Perisic and Mandzukic.
With 7 shots on target from Croatia, Pickford rarely let us down with his consistent saves, but despite the loss, the media have made us all more patriotic and proud than we could have ever imagined.
Front and back pages calling our players "Heroes" and "National Treasures" reminds us of how far we've come in this World Cup.
Andy Walker posts that "these front & back pages confirms the significant progress this @England squad has made over the last 7 weeks". The driving support from the media makes the loss.
This wasn't always the opinion of the media though, for previous losses, our players have been slated by the papers and made to feel guilty, changing the opinion of the public too.
It fills our hearts with pride to see our players painted as heroes for once and leaves us with hope for the playoff.
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