England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.
England surpassed everyone's expectations in the tournament and the personalised letters are a ideal example of Southgate's attention to detail and classy man-management. It seemed that after making its way to the final, the French didn't plan to make any major shifts in the last match-no matter who their opponent is.
In a moment captured by cameras, Southgate - a former player himself who ended up managing the English national team for his first World Cup this year - shared a tender embrace with his wife, Alison, in the empty stands. SkyBet had France's odds to win the World Cup outright were set at 1/2.
ITV announced that the peak audience for the England match was 26.6 million people, an audience share of 84%.
But Jesse Lingard's fantastic strike gets our pick as the best moment.
Mario Mandzukic typified their efforts, running himself into the ground in the lone striker role but taking his chance to score the victor clinically when it presented itself almost 20 minutes into extra time.
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"It's impossible to say anything to them that is going to make them feel better at this point".
The Leicester player picked up Ashley Young's corner and headed it firmly into the net.
The third-place match was dropped from the European championship by UEFA following the 1980 tournament but has remained part of the World Cup calendar despite complaints.
Eric Dier then scored the next penalty and England won the shootout 4-3.
"Cro no": A slightly freakish pun adorns the Star's back page alongside an image of Southgate consoling Pickford after England's "extra-time agony".