But there was no doubt of the players' place in the affections of the nation, as illustrated by the fans who remained in the stadium in Moscow long after the final whistle to serenade the team.
A peak audience of just under 27 million viewers saw England bow out of the 2018 World Cup last night.
England will play their final match of the tournament on Saturday afternoon at 3PM on ITV.
England's hopes of reaching only their second ever World Cup final were dashed by Croatia, as Mario Mandzukic scored the deciding goal in a 2-1 extra-time win for Zlatko Dalic's side on Wednesday.
Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".
"I'm sorry. because I love England but for those who sent me stupid messages and insults till now. you deserve this answer now", he wrote under a picture of a sign saying "It's coming home" - a popular chant among England fans at this World Cup taken form the 1996 anthem "Three Lions" - followed by the word "impossible" in a red neon light. It also ran the headline "48 years of pain... and counting", referencing the only time England have won the trophy, which was in 1966.
I said this in the group stages and I'm thinking, quarter-finals England will get knocked out.
Meanwhile the England men's U20's team achieved World Cup glory after beating Venezuela 1-0 previous year.
"We'll be ready as a group to go again because the group have huge pride in their performances in the way they work". The fans were unbelievable, " Kane said.
"It was a tough game, a 50-50 game, I'm sure we'll look back at stuff we could have done better but we worked as hard as we could".
The mutual appreciation between squad and fans was slightly marred by news on Thursday that Federation Internationale de Football Association had opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA following a report of possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the Croatia match.
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