THEY think it’s all over . . . and after five weeks, countless flights and lugging my camera more than 7,000 miles following England — it is now.

I was lucky enough to experience plenty of highs, plus a few lows, covering Gareth Southgate and his men in Russia at my SEVENTH World Cup finals.

 Harry Kane celebrates scoring against Tunisia in the group stage

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Harry Kane celebrates scoring against Tunisia in the group stageCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Gareth Southgate is presented with salt bread as a custom

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Gareth Southgate is presented with salt bread as a customCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun

There was Harry Kane’s last-gasp goal against Tunisia and the historic shootout win over Colombia as the Three Lions zoomed into the latter stages.

I was even in the right place to snap Lionel Messi running straight at me after scoring an amazing goal for Argentina in St Petersburg.

A memorable tournament brought some funny pictures from the training camp in Repino and Southgate’s customary celebrations after each of England’s victories.

And I even got to catch up with an old friend in Moscow, where former England skipper Terry Butcher was cheering on the Three Lions against Colombia while working for radio.

Paul Pogba sings ‘It’s coming home’ as he dances with World Cup after France win
 Kyle Walker spits water into the air during England's win over Colombia

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Kyle Walker spits water into the air during England’s win over ColombiaCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 This is the moment England celebrate finally winning a World Cup penalty shootout

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This is the moment England celebrate finally winning a World Cup penalty shootoutCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 England players celebrate after knocking out Sweden in the quarter-finals

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England players celebrate after knocking out Sweden in the quarter-finalsCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Ashley Young lifts Marcus Rashford up during England training

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Ashley Young lifts Marcus Rashford up during England trainingCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Gareth Southgate celebrates England's momentous win over Colombia

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Gareth Southgate celebrates England’s momentous win over ColombiaCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 England captain Harry Kane celebrates with a fan

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England captain Harry Kane celebrates with a fanCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Nigeria in the group stage

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Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Nigeria in the group stageCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Diego Maradona screams and unfurls a picture of himself during Argentina vs Nigeria

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Diego Maradona screams and unfurls a picture of himself during Argentina vs NigeriaCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 England midfielder Dele Alli poses for a picture before Tunisia clash

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England midfielder Dele Alli poses for a picture before Tunisia clashCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Gareth Southgate celebrates as England reach the semi-finals

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Gareth Southgate celebrates as England reach the semi-finalsCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Belgium star Dedryck Boyata celebrates after beating England in the group stage

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Belgium star Dedryck Boyata celebrates after beating England in the group stageCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun
 Danny Rose is dejected after England's semi-final defeat to Croatia

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Danny Rose is dejected after England’s semi-final defeat to CroatiaCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
 SunSport snapper Richard Pelham catches up with old friend Terry Butcher

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SunSport snapper Richard Pelham catches up with old friend Terry ButcherCredit: Richard Pelham – The Sun


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