​England Team Lands Back On UK Soil After World Cup Exploits

Football may not have come home to the UK in the end, but the England LADs have - having been spotted touching down at Birmingham airport after their whirlwind month in Russia.

The Three Lions squad played their final game yesterday, unable to finish the World Cup on a relative high as Belgium beat them to third place.

Thankfully they didn't look too gutted as they stepped off the plane - no doubt good ol' Gareth Southgate has been on hand to give them plenty of his pep talks, a hug or two and maybe even some more of those amazing handwritten letters.

Fans were also there to give the boys a heroes' welcome, with some seen flying England flags excitedly as the plane came in.

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While the disappointment for England fans has been all too real, many have been quick to show their support for the team - who impressively made it to the semi-finals stage of the tournament for the first time in 28 years.

That doesn't include Piers Morgan, however, who used his time on Good Morning Britain a few days back to argue that the England team shouldn't be given too much glory.

He said: "You win the World Cup, you're a hero - right. But I think coming third or fourth, what I would say is England massively exceeded very low expectations.

"A young, inexperienced team did much better than we thought they would but they lost."

He then added: "I don't think you would hear the England team call themselves heroes."

Piers' co-host on the show, Susanna Reid, hit back by saying: "The boys are heroes because they united the country - they inspired joy and and optimism."

Others have sided with Reid, too, with one person commenting on social media: "Whether you are a football supporter or not those boys did us proud.

"They were written off before the tournament even started. To get to the semi-final is an achievement."

Someone else diplomatically wrote: "What's a hero to one person isn't necessarily a hero to another. Let's not generalise. To a small child, wannabe footballer, right now the team will be his heroes.

"They are heroes in a different way. Now if you're talking bravery, that's a whole different matter."

Heroes or not, it's good to see that the boys have landed home safely. Brews all round, eh LADs?

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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