Prince William's heartfelt message to England squad after World Cup dreams end
12 July 2018, 10:32 | Updated: 12 July 2018, 10:35
The Duke of Cambridge shared a personal message on Kensington Palace's official Twitter page encouraging Gareth Southgate and his team of Lions to "hold [their] heads high".
Self-confessed football fan and president of the FA Prince William, 36, shared a rare personal message on Twitter last night after England narrowly missed out on a spot in the 2018 World Cup final.
I know how disappointed @england must feel right now but I couldn’t be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high. You’ve had an incredible #WorldCup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in. We know there is more to come from this @england team. W— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 11, 2018
With the whole of England finally daring to believe, the 2-1 loss against Croatia came as a devastating blow to fans up and down the country.
In light of the heartbreak, Prince William took to Twitter to commend the England team, writing: "I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldn’t be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high.
"You’ve had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in. We know there is more to come from this England team. W"
Credit: Getty - Prince William is a self-confessed football fan
This is the second personal tweet to come from Prince William during England's incredible World Cup run; after their impressive 2-0 win against Sweden last week, the future King allowed himself to dream and say those three small words that have been the country's mantra in recent weeks.
The young England squad achieved what many believed to be the unachievable as they progressed into the semi-final of the World Cup - the first time in 28 years.
Meanwhile the England men's U20's team achieved World Cup glory after beating Venezuela 1-0 last year.
England ladies also found themselves in the World Cup finals three years ago, only to be beaten 2-1 by Japan in the final game.
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