Prince William tells England squad he's 'gutted' for themDecember 10, 2022
William tells ‘Gareth, Harry and the whole England squad’ that he’s ‘gutted’ for them as Prince of Wales declares: ‘Onto the next one!’
- The Prince of Wales told the team he was ‘gutted’ for the team and all its staff
- It followed the Three Lions’ defeat to France in Saturday night’s quarter final tie
- Prince William led messages of support to the team, followed by Rishi Sunak
The Prince of Wales has shared a heartfelt message to the England team after their ‘gutting’ loss to France in today’s quarter final World Cup match in Qatar.
England went down 1-0 in the first half before equalizing early in the second, only to concede another goal and see their hopes of a semi-final appearance vanish.
Prince William, who is also the president of the FA, sent a personal message to the England team, saying he was ‘gutted’ for manager Gareth Southgate and the players, adding: ‘We are all so proud of you.’
Commiserations have poured in for Harry Kane’s team including from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who said the players ‘gave it everything.’
Prince William, who is president of the FA, told the England squad he is ‘gutted for you’
Gareth Southgate’s team lost their quarter final match with France 2-1
After the game, William tweeted: ‘Gareth, Harry and the whole England squad and staff, gutted for all of you.
‘You put so much into this tournament and we are all so proud of you. Heads held high and on to the next one!’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said England deserved to win the game and the result was ‘absolutely gutting’.
England fans in Qatar were left rueing the missed opportunity for the Three Lions to progress to the semi-finals.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak kept his promise to wish France well in the semi-finals after making a deal with French president Emmanuel Macron before the game.
The Prime Minister tweeted: ‘Harry and the team gave it everything but it wasn’t to be.
‘They can hold their heads high tonight. Best of luck to France in the next round.’
England players met with their friends and family in the stadium after the game, with many pictured looking devastated following the loss.
Charity Women’s Aid said being disappointed about the match was ‘no excuse for abuse’, adding: ‘The impact this can have on survivors can be much more severe.’
Three Lions fans in Qatar and at home were left rueing the missed opportunity for the Three Lions to progress to the semi-finals.
Supporters were left in stunned silence after France’s second goal, and were seen sobbing as the final whistle blew.
The players on the pitch were equally devastated, but in a mark of how tight the team are they could be seen comforting one another before heading off the pitch.
Jude Bellingham of England is consoled by Gareth Southgate after the Three Lions’ defeat
The England manager applauded the fans and winning French team after the Three Lion’s defeat
The England team told their fans on social media: ‘We so desperately wanted this time to be our time, but it wasn’t meant to be.
‘Thank you for being there with us every step of the way. Your support back home and in Qatar has been incredible.’
Teacher Greg Webster, 37, who lives in Qatar and is originally from Leicestersaid: ‘I’m pretty gutted. We were the better team, it was just a few key moments.
‘In general I think (Gareth) Southgate has done all right but I don’t see why he bought Mason Mount on.’
He said the two teams were worthy of the final, adding: ‘France have lost a few players coming into it so it’s definitely a missed opportunity, and other big teams going out.’
Mr Webster went on: ‘You don’t expect Kane to absolutely sky the penalty.
‘I think the fact he’s already had one and he’s taking it against Lloris doesn’t help, I think he’s got inside his own head and tried to do something he doesn’t normally do.’
But Southgate refused to condemn Kane for his penalty miss.
The England manager said: ‘For me, we win and lose as a team. We have let a couple of goals in and missed a few chances.
‘He has been incredible for us and is so reliable for us in those situations. We wouldn’t be here but for the number of goals he has scored for us.’
England manager Gareth Southgate was clearly emotional after his team’s defeat
Reflecting on the game outside the Al-Bayt stadium, Paul Wilson, 59, from North Shields, said: ‘We didn’t take our chances, defensively one mistake, nobody picked Giroud up, great header to be fair, but we were the much better side and, if I’m being honest, this is a massive opportunity missed.
‘There’s not a side, I don’t believe, left in the tournament that England couldn’t have gone on and beat, but it’s all about putting the ball in the back of the net.
‘I know Kane blazed it over the bar but you can’t say it’s all his fault because it’s not, however, that is a massive opportunity missed.’
He added: ‘What makes it worse is every single one of those players sitting in the dressing room now will regret the biggest opportunity they’ve ever had to win the World Cup.’
The referee, Wilton Sampaio, was subjected to a barrage of negative comments from English supporters, following two contentious decisions in the first half.
The official also received criticism from Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, who took to Twitter to say: ‘One of these days, just once, we might get a decision in our favour.’
Mr Sampaio’s Wikipedia page was also edited, with the referee listed as having ‘lost his guide dog’ and a ‘Brazilian cheat’.
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