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FORGET Manchester United, West Ham United, Newcastle United. For now we’re an England United, first in hope, now in proud defeat.

I was always sceptical about the murdered ​MP Jo Cox’s famous quote: “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”

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England fans anxiously watching the semi-final match between England and Croatia

It seemed like one of those warm, fuzzy platitudes we would all love to believe in but deep down know isn’t true.

Certainly, it has been hard to sustain since the moment the Brexit vote was announced.

But, you know what? Jo was right.

It hasn’t taken much. Just a football tournament, a brilliant, fearless young England side and an inspirational manager.

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We are now an England United as this is a moment we should hold on to

​Yes, we’re gutted today to have gone out. But for weeks, this divided nation ​has sung with unbridled joy from the same hymn sheet. And we all know the hymn.

​You only needed to stick your head out of a window.

We ​have sung Football’s Coming Home in our houses, in pubs, in factories and offices, in classrooms, even at weddings.

We ​have sung it in the fields and in the streets, ​we have sung

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