Gareth Southgate has a great reason for not wanting any parade for the England team

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England may have lost to Croatia in their World Cup semi-final but they do still have one more game to play.

Gareth Southgate's team will face off against Belgium once again in the 3rd-place Play-Off to determine which of the countries takes home a medal.

While some have pointed out that the two nations will simply be having an unprecedented second completely unwanted game against each other, the England boss maintains that it is important.

“We have high motivation to perform," said Southgate. "We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.

“There is a lot of motivation for us - and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well.”

Regardless of the result, England have already had a far more successful tournament than anyone saw coming and managed to unite the country behind the team for, arguably, the first time in decades.

The hype, passion, and love for this England side has even led to calls for a parade once they're home, something of a send-off for a brilliant summer.

But the FA have already announced that there won't be one - in fact, they aren't even letting people know when the team gets home.

And as for Southgate, he's happy it won't happen and has a great reason for being totally against the idea.


“It was not my decision [to rule out a parade] but I agree with the decision," he said. "If we make the final maybe it is different.

“If we have a parade that would have been in one part of the country and we represent the whole country.”

Just when you thought you couldn't like the man any more...

If this tournament has been a great one for any one person associated with England, it's Southgate.

Having only gotten the job in the first place because of the Sam Allardyce 'incident', he's gone on to be the most likeable coach England have had in a long, long time.

Hopefully, he can justify a parade next time.

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