This is up there with the Lingard "foul" claim for England v Colombia, that was completely made up, and obviously ignored by the officials on the night.
I agree that that Turkish ref has a record, and he wouldn't be my number 1 choice for reffing big games, but he had VAR to hold his hand. If they say there's nothing wrong with it, then we go with that. He was the same ref for Argentina v Nigeria, took one look at a late VAR penalty claim and rejected it. 5 minutes later, the main player in that incident scored the winner for Argentina, and put them into the next round.
Whenever England faced serious teams at the tournament, they lost. Even the Belgium reserves were too strong for them. There may have been a record amount of set piece goals at the tournament, but there's only so many set pieces a team can score from, before they eventually get found out.
As an aside, international football got a boost in it's popularity from the World Cup. The way it brings people together is unique. But even at the most high profile games, fans can sit in all parts of the stadium. Maybe a different type of fan goes to international games, but it's a refreshing alternative to the tribalism and hostile atmosphere that dominates club football.
There were a lot of complaints that Kiev and Russia should not have hosted the major finals this year, for various reasons. I think most people that went thoroughly enjoyed their experiences, and both places showed that they are just as capable of hosting major football events, as anywhere else.