His friend Joe Carter, 43, from York, added: "We really thought it was going to be different - this was our chance".
"People say I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he said.
"The players have been well aware of the excitement back in England and it has helped so much knowing everyone is right behind the team".
"At the moment we all feel the pain of defeat", Southgate said.
Some England soccer fans sobbed while others looked to the future with confidence after their once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia on Wednesday.
Or the header in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes when the score was 1-1 and a goal would likely have brought England back to Moscow for the final against France.
Had Kane added to his six goals in Russian Federation with either of his back-to-back chances in the first half against Croatia on Wednesday, when England was dominating and led 1-0, he could yet be lifting the trophy on Sunday.
With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement.
Very early on, oddsmakers had the French as the favorites in Sunday's World Cup final. We beat our record from 20 years ago. "But it's a game that's part of the World Cup.so we'll put in that performance and give it the best we can". We are proud of what we've achieved, but we want more. The 2018 World Cup has shown that this isn't just a pipe-dream - England might actually, finally, pull it off.
Given the age we're living in, it didn't take long for the trolls to begin doling out abuse on social media to the players they unfairly felt let the country down.
Samuel Umtiti headed in the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium in St Petersburg yesterday morning (Singapore time), consigning the Red Devils' "golden generation" to another bitter defeat.
"We know their set-pieces are unsafe, they have scored seven times from them, but we have no reason to be nervous, we are relieved of any pressure and are here to enjoy ourselves", he said.
Croatia stopped England from doing what they're good at.