The 1966 World Cup holder, England, lost against Croatia after extra time and lost to Belgium to secure 4th place in the recently concluded World Cup.
After their overwhelming performance members of the Royal Family, especially Prince William, took their social media accounts to join in the pride being shared across the nation.
The Duke of Cambridge is also president of the Football Association. He tweeted and wished them from Kensington Palace’s twitter account in a rare move.
He wrote: “I couldn’t be prouder of England – the way they have played in the tournament is amazing. You have well and truly earned the respect of people living in the United Kingdom. The whole country is proud of the way you guys have played.”
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Earlier in the tournament, England broke the curse of the penalty shootout, winning 4-3 against Colombia. In the past England has lost the World Cups in 1990, 1998 and 2006 and the European Championships in 1996, 2004 and 2012, granting them the worst shootout record in the world of football. An unwanted record, obviously.
On the duke’s recent trip to Jordan, he joked that anyone telling him the score of the game would suffer “pain of death”.
Prince William was joined by media on the plane to Jordan while the England-Panama game was taking place. When asked if he wanted to hear the score, he said: “On pain of death, please don’t tell me the score.”
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He later sat down with Crown Prince Hussein and watched the England football match after successfully avoiding hearing the score throughout the day. He watched the rerun at Beit Al Urdun Palace.
Before Team England left for Russia to take place in the World Cup, Prince William spent time with Harry Kane and the rest of the team wishing them well.
While there the Duke of Cambridge took time to personally praise Danny Rose for recently going public about his battle with depression. He said to the England and Tottenham player: “I think it’s really, really good what you did…well done. You should be really pleased. Loads of support from me on that.”