England may not be coming home from Russia with any silverware, but their World Cup campaign has still been a great success.
A lot of the credit for the Three Lions' run to the last four has to go to Gareth Southgate.
The England manager was given the job under controversial circumstances in 2016.
England were already coming off the back of a disappointing European Championships, and then hit rock bottom when Sam Allardyce was sacked after just one game.
Southgate was his successor, and given the turmoil England have gone through in recent years, he was not expected to guide his team to success in Russia.
But he made the nation dream as his team produced a number of convincing displays on the world's biggest stage.
England may have been knocked out in the semi-finals to Croatia, but Southgate has become somewhat of a national hero this summer.
That idea has been conveyed by Marcus Rashford, who spoke for every England fan with his tweet to Southgate this morning.
The Manchester United forward wrote in an emotional post dedicated to Southgate: "You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Thank you boss from the whole nation ❤️⚽️"
Well said, Marcus. Southgate deserves all the credit for England's World Cup campaign.
Many thought that Southgate would be a typical 'yes man' after being appointed by the FA in October 2016. But he has been the complete opposite.
The 47-year-old went against the grain when he picked players based on form rather than reputation.
It would have been tough to drop names such as Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere, but he was not afraid of the backlash when leaving them out of the squad.
He instead showed his trust in inexperienced names such as Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford, and that faith brought great rewards.
He managed to get the best out of a team that were not expected to progress to the latter stages of the competition.
And he did so in style, with England so far the competition's second highest scorers with 12 goals.
Although the players have been sensational, the mean who deserves the most credit for England's run this summer has been Southgate.
England fans were filled with pessimism going into the tournament in Russia. But they can now look to the future with a renewed feeling of optimism.
Meanwhile, Southgate stated after the game that he was proud with his side's efforts.
"There'll be a new benchmark and level of expectation," He said.
"To become a winning team there are hurdles you have to overcame - and we've surpassed many of them.
"Many of our players have come of age on the international stage.
"I'm remarkably proud of the group of players - the reaction of the supporters compared to two years ago shows the country are proud of the way we played."News Now - Sport News