16 things we loved about England’s World Cup: Southgate, you’re the one
So, football isn’t coming home, and we’re gutted, but for any England fan the ride has been undeniably fantastic.
Unfancied by many, but ultimately loved by millions, the dream ended with a 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia, but it’s still a summer we’ll all remember for a long time.
Here are just a few of the highlights.
The ‘It’s Coming Home’ memes
We really did believe, didn’t we?
As the tournament went on, and England progressed, Three Lions got louder and louder, and so it should.
In fact, there’s hardly anything that hasn’t had the ‘it’s coming home’ treatment at some point on social media.
— Mark Simblett (@MarkSimblett) July 7, 2018
It’s been hot. Maybe too hot. Actually, nah, definitely not.
England get to the semi-finals of the World Cup and the country basks in sunshine. Beer gardens were full, barbecues were lit, sun cream has never been so freely used on English soil, it was beautiful.
We get knocked out and it’s cloudy again. Bloody weather.
#EnglandvSweden– We're ready for the football with a good old fashioned BBQ! What are you doing today?
C'MON ENGLAND!!! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/KNFwACj3gA
— heatload loadbanks (@HeatLoadCoUk) July 7, 2018
*That* Gareth Southgate chant
Finally it’s acceptable to sing Atomic Kitten songs in public. You don’t know how long we’ve waited for that.
There’s just something about thousands of football fans telling a bloke in a waistcoat that he turns them on that is beautiful.
Mind you our Gareth, the father figure to a new generation of England heroes, has as much rhythm as your father after ten pints at a family wedding. We’ll let him off though!
— Marathonbet (@marathonbet) July 7, 2018
A national hero. None shall pass.
Just a few years ago Pickford was playing in the Conference for Darlington, now he’s established himself as England’s number one.
Calm on the ball, sh*t hot in the penalty shootout, a wall between the sticks. Have that, Thibault Courtois.
i’ve never met jordan pickford but i trust him with my life…
— Ellis🐸 (@EJH95_) July 11, 2018
OK, he fluffed his lines when it mattered most, but Harry Kane has well and truly proved himself as one of the best in the world during this tournament.
His hold-up play has been genuinely world class, and guess what it’ll mean if he wins the Golden Boot…
2010: Germany 🇩🇪 lose in the #WorldCup semi-final
2010: Thomas Muller wins the Golden Boot
2014: Germany 🇩🇪 win the #WorldCup
2018: England 🏴 lose in the #WorldCup semi-final
2018: Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot
2022: 🏆 It's Coming Home! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/8RByjQcQk7
— Football FanCast (@FootballFanCast) July 12, 2018
He was bloody brilliant at times. Talk about a turnaround. From England scapegoat to
England hero a player most people finally appreciate.
Henderson’s displays completed a turnaround in attitude to the Liverpool midfielder, and we couldn’t be happier.
Jordan Henderson here has been overlooked due to Pickfords mad save. Blocks the shot, chases the geezer down and then celebrates like a loon after clearing it pic.twitter.com/MIfkHtdqUt
— JS (@vivajoeshearer) July 8, 2018
Waistcoats are officially IN
Gareth Southgate, style icon. There’s something we never thought we’d say.
M&S saw a 35% increase in waistcoats sales, a national waistcoat day was declared, all because of one man. Incredible.
The stats are pretty remarkable.
We pulled and deciphered a huge amount of data on the impact Gareth Southgate has had on the waistcoat. It turns out he's more than a manager, he's also a fashion influencer! @TheSocialChain #waistcoastwednesday pic.twitter.com/s4igPOxHpc
— Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) July 11, 2018
Harry Maguire memes
— James Warren (@JIWarren) July 8, 2018
Winning a shootout
“Own the process” is what our Gareth spoke about, and England finally did it against Colombia, winning a first-ever World Cup penalty shootout. Who thought they’d see the day?
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 3, 2018
Every training photo
Everyone just looked so happy.
big fan of this photo of harry maguire on an inflatable unicorn pic.twitter.com/L0uM1B89FH
— Tyron (@TyronWilson) July 11, 2018
Harry Maguire’s huge head
Corner. Maguire. Boooooom. 1-0 England.
— FIFA WORLD CUP 2018⚽ (@_WorldCupStats) July 7, 2018
The England fans
“Just got a beer ma… Ah sh*t, I’ll get another.”
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) July 11, 2018
ROSS FUCKING KEMP
Well, we weren’t going to argue with him, were we?
— Ross Kemp (@RossKemp) July 3, 2018
Winning with grace
No over the top celebrating, everything was done in a calm, measured manner. And that’s down to our Gareth.
"MOMENT OF GRACE"
Uribe of Colombia misses penalty.
Who consoles the Colombian?
— @akashtv1soni (@Akashtv1Soni) July 11, 2018
The rubber chicken
What’s better for building team spirit than throwing a rubber chicken at each other after all?
— Elliot Wagland (@elliotwagland) July 10, 2018
A nation united
Forget Brexit, we were all one behind these lads.
Gareth Southgate for Prime Minister anyone?
Even if England doesn't win the world cup, it's lovely how the football has brought us together as a nation fighting for our side, hopefully team spirit will show through tonight. Come on England #ENGCRO ❤️
— Angel Eyes 😇😍 (@SweetieK768) July 11, 2018