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Newspaper headlines: 'Lions did us proud' and Trump on way

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Front pages, back pages and many of those in between are dominated by events at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow - their overriding tone one of pride, rather than bitter disappointment.

The Times pictures Gareth Southgate consoling his captain, Harry Kane, after the final whistle with the headline: "Pride of Lions - England's Glorious World Cup Run Ends."

The Daily Telegraph declares: "You did us proud. It's not coming home, but it was great fun while it lasted... Hold your heads high."

The online Independent pictures Gareth Southgate clapping the England fans at the Luzhniki stadium applauding his defeated players - not always the case for England teams at big tournaments. It says: "Thank you for allowing us to dream."

The Guardian is more anguished. It speaks of hopes being shattered and hearts broken in Moscow. But proud fans who watched the match on a big screen back home tell the paper Southgate has "relit the fire".

The Sun says "brave" England were "kicked in the Balkans" as cheers for their early lead turned to tears.

But the paper reckons our "troubled nation" has been united "thanks to a polite Englishman" - Southgate - and a "bunch of ordinary modern lads".

The paper adds: "It hasn't taken much. Just a football tournament, a brilliant, fearless young England side and an inspirational manager."

For the Daily Mirror, defeat means the "end of the dream" of winning the World Cup and "four more years of hurt".

But it doesn't disagree with the Sun's verdict: "Look how far we have come" from losing to Iceland at Euro 2016, and how we've fallen "back in love" with the England team.

The Daily Express calls them "exceptional young men" who "reflect well on their country - their diverse nature echoing the nation we have become".

Contrast their behaviour, says the Express, with our politicians and their "vicious infighting" over Brexit.

As US President Donald Trump heads for Britain, there's plenty of coverage of his clashes with European leaders at the Nato summit over their levels of defence spending - as well as his accusation that Germany was a captive of Moscow because of its reliance on Russian energy.

The Telegraph says his intemperate language might not be to everyone's taste, but his central message is hard to argue with - Europe needs to spend more on its defence.

For the Sun, Mr Trump is "bang on". Nato's "freeloaders must buck up their ideas" or the alliance will not survive.

But the Guardian reckons the disarray caused by his comments will have pleased the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, who it says has long pursued a strategy of creating division inside Nato.

image captionMen dominate the BBC's star salaries list

There is a lot of focus, too, on the latest salary details published by the BBC.

Under a headline 'What does the BBC have to hide?', the Mail says the Corporation has kept secret the pay of many of its top earners by moving them to a commercial arm.

It reports that there were 32 fewer names in the list of stars earning more than £150,000 than last year.

The Mail accuses the BBC of using what it calls a phoney row about a "gender pay gap" to divert attention from it paying staff of both sexes well above market rates.

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