Gary Neville
Englis player dejected after the defeat to Croatia. Getty Imagesengland

Former England international Gary Neville has stated that the performance of the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup lifted the country’s football.

The Three Lions were knocked out by Croatia on Wednesday night, at the Semi-finals in Moscow.

Speaking onĀ ITV, Neville said: “This team have taken us to a place we never thought we’d ever imagine we’d get. England had never overachieved, but this team have in reaching the semi-final. They’ve taken a nation with them. I never thought we’d see the scenes in the fan parks.

“We did say before the game that these lads will have to take the opportunity now as it may never happen again. All I hope as I look at them now is that they get another opportunity as huge as this again.

“The youth teams have done well and have started to win tournaments. English football has taken an absolute battering over the years, on and off the pitch, it has been ridiculed.

“I have to say, for the first time this is an England team that for the first time have played with some level of composure and control in games, it has been high quality, and good watching them.

“But the reality of it is, you think of the Premier League, 30 per cent are English. English coaches don’t get the top jobs in England. I just hope this has put more faith in English football. This has lifted everybody.

“They’re the youngest team in the tournament, I hope they have the opportunity again with 20 minutes to go from a World Cup final. They’ve brought everyone with them.”