The one positive of this, even if some of it is depressing, is that there'll be life on the other side, writes Adriaan Basson.
England can look forward to facing the world's top-ranked side Belgium in the next UEFA Nations League later this year.
UEFA is to expand the number of matches played in the Nations League following the success of the inaugural edition.
A complex format that saw UEFA's 55 nations split into four tiers with promotion and relegation on offer, took some time to get used to.
Portugal added the inaugural Nations League title to their Euro 2016 triumph as Goncalo Guedes's strike sealed a win against the Netherlands.
England manager Gareth Southgate insisted he cannot treat Sunday's Nations League third-place playoff against Switzerland as a "practice match".
England manager Gareth Southgate promised his side would learn from an error-strewn performance as the Netherlands progressed to the Nations League final.
England's FA branded the unruly behaviour of English fans in Portugal an "embarrassment" ahead of the Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.
Fresh from winning a historic domestic treble with Manchester City, Raheem Sterling wants to end a stellar season by winning England's first trophy.
England's long wait for a first international trophy since 1966 could be just days away at the Nations League finals in Portugal.
After a season of dominance for English clubs in European competition, it is England's national team's turn to follow suit in the Nations League.
The start of Euro 2020 is just over 100 days away, but this week the focus shift towards the draw for the next UEFA Nations League which takes place in Amsterdam.
The United States will entertain political rival Cuba at Washington on October 11 in the Nations League.
Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he has no immediate plans to retire from international football after helping Portugal lift the inaugural Nations League.
England deservedly claimed the consolation prize of third place at the Nations League 6-5 on penalties on Sunday after a 0-0 draw against a limited Switzerland
A year on from a World Cup semi-final defeat, England were taught the same lesson by a technically superior Netherlands side in the Nations League.
England's long wait for a trophy since 1966 goes on as the Netherlands set up a Nations League final meeting with Portugal on Sunday with a 3-1 win after extra-time in Guimaraes.
Two England supporters were arrested in Porto's city centre after clashing with Portuguese fans watching the Nations League semi-final.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Portugal withstood a huge moment of VAR controversy to beat Switzerland and reach the Nations League final.
Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Portugal's hopes of winning the Nations League, but gone are the days when he was their only man to fear.
England manager Gareth Southgate has urged fans to behave ahead of the Nations League Finals in Portugal, saying the supporters are "part our of team".
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