As gutting as it is, in the cold light of day I think this tournament will be remembered fondly for England as a turning point for the national team.
2 years ago we lost to Iceland, 4 years ago it was out in the group phase. This was a team that had declined so far and become crushed under the weight of speculation and press pressure.
One of the hardest tasks of an England manager is to keep the side playing without that restriction. Since Sven, who was a lot better than people gave him credit for, England just haven’t had a manager that could do that. Southgate deserves huge credit for getting a sense of identity beyond a group of individuals terrified of what the papers would say back in the team.
This is a group of players who seem to love, not dread, playing for the team and for each other. They have quality and youth and a lot of potential and we’ve got a side worth being excited about.