Jose Mourinho: England have a reason to be optimistic

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2018

The Croatian winger broke English hearts on Wednesday evening as he netted a second-half equaliser in the World Cup semi-final.

Mourinho accepts the defeat will be a bitter pill for England - who led through Kieran Trippier's free-kick before Ivan Perisic equalised - to swallow but believes they can take comfort from their campaign.

The 29-year-old netted the equaliser for the Croats before Mario Mandzukic netted an extra-time victor for his side.

"Perisic is a different kind of winger to a lot of others in his position", he said.

Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku may not be bringing home the World Cup for Belgium after their 1-0 loss to Paul Pogba's France in the first semi-final, but they still have to play the third-place game to play on Saturday.


"England of course have a reason to cry but they also have a reason to be optimistic", the Portuguese told Russia Today. The squad is young.

Jose Mourinho is set to include a number of young players in Manchester United's squad for their preseason tour of the United States after training with the first team at Carrington.

Kroos has been one of the best midfielders in world football since moving to the Bernabeu from Bayern Munich in 2014 and he's played a key role in winning three Champions League's over the past four seasons.

"If I was in charge of the FA there would be no doubt that I would keep Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland in their jobs and give them the chance to take the team to the next Euros and the next World Cup".

Luka Modric and his nation though have proven themselves consistently throughout the tournament of being a side that can cause upsets.

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