Gareth Southgate tonight agreed with the decision not to hold a homecoming parade for his team.
The England manager also said he is desperate to win against Belgium today, in the play-off for the World Cup’s third-place spot.
Plans were drawn up for a “welcome home” event in Trafalgar Square if England reached the final but there will be no festivities after the loss to Croatia.
Southgate said: “It’s not my decision but I agree with the decision. If we’d made the final it’s maybe different.
“And if we’d had a parade, that would have been one part of the country and we represent the whole country.” Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is likely to host an official reception for the team.
And Sheffield city council has said it is keen to be involved in any celebration, with a quarter of the squad, including Kyle Walker and Jamie Vardy, born in the area. Around 200,000 people attended a parade in Luton after the England team, including Paul Gascoigne, lost to West Germany in the Italia ’90 semi-final.
If England beat Belgium, it will be the team’s highest tournament finish since winning the World Cup in 1966.
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