LAST_UPDATETue, 17 Jul 2018 12pm

Prince William Tells The Three Lions 'You Should Hold Your Heads High'

The Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-final earlier, and the nation was left heartbroken in what would be their biggest match in 28 years.

Gareth Southgate’s young team fought to their best abilities and were touted as the favourites to play against France in Sunday's finals, but in the end, it was Croatia that made history.

“It hurts a lot…It’s going to hurt for a while,” said Captain Harry Kane.

Though in the sombre mood, the Duke of Cambridge who reportedly watched England play Croatia from home, has offered some consoling words for the squad.

“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,” Prince William penned on the Kensington Palace twitter account.

Prime Minister Theresa May who earlier praised Southgate and his side for doing a “fantastic job” tweeted after the match, “Wasn't to be this time but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud,” while adding that the flag will be flying on Saturday in honour of the squad during their third place play-off against Belgium.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, also thanked the team for making London proud.

“You gave us one hell of a World Cup. London’s proud of you tonight."

As if that wasn’t comforting enough, former English Golden Boot winner in Mexico 1986, Gary Lineker expressed: “Utterly choked, but this young side gave absolutely everything. It’s a huge step forward and they’ll only get better in the future.

“They can hold their heads high, they did our country proud.”

On the official England Twitter account, the squad thanked everyone who supported them throughout football’s biggest tournament and promised “this is only the beginning”.

Despite the team’s loss, there is however one win that the English might claim as Kane maintains his current six-goal lead in the Golden Boot standings — though it would never equate to taking home a World Cup trophy.