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.
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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