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Dermot O'Leary talks about England's World Cup defeat 'as an Irishman'

Football didn’t come home.

LOOK, YOU KNOW England lost last night, we know England lost last night, the whole world knows England lost last night.

Fans watching Croatia v England Source: Martin Rickett/PA Images

And that’s probably because the incessant bleating that ‘football is coming home’ meant even the most casual viewer tuned in last night to see if that would, indeed, be the case by Saturday evening.

And like we said, it wasn’t to be. It’s not coming home. England are no longer in the running to win the World Cup this weekend. Sorry, where were we?

Oh yeah, Dermot O’Leary.

So, Derm took to Instagram this morning to share his views on last night’s result from the perspective of an Irishman.

Dermot, who proudly holds an Irish passport and whose parents hail from Co Wexford, admitted that England is his ‘second team’, but was keen to pay tribute to their efforts over the course of the tournament.

Sharing a picture of three lions being led onto a plane as the sun set in the background, Dermot opened up.

Full disclosure, brought up as an Irishman, England are my second team. Should be proud of themselves. For exceeding expectation, for playing with passion, heart, fairness, without fear.

The broadcaster then gave a shout-out to England manager, Gareth Southgate.

PastedImage-80899 Source: radioleary/Instagram

And as for this chap? If only there was somewhere we needed a great leader, with compassion, intelligence, inspiration, humility, to steer us through rocky times… anyone?

Dermot’s post triggered sentiments of a similar nature from his Instagram followers.

Irish woman married to a plastic paddy. Living in England I was there rooting for that team of young lads who did their very best to bring it home but haven’t they done this country proud I hope they get a hero’s welcome. (sic)
I’m Scottish and that first picture even made me feel sad! Gutted for them but they should be proud of how far they got an how well they represented their country.
Southgate for PM!

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