England knocked out after loss to Croatia

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"It's fantastic, we're so excited", said Christopher Tomas, owner of the Croatian Corner deli, of Croatia's win.

"People say I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", Lovren said. They proved lethal from set-pieces, deployed a modern system which plays to their strengths, and have shown themselves capable and unflustered when it comes to game management. It's been 42 years since England brought the World Cup "home". We're gutted, we've worked so hard and the fans were awesome.

England's World Cup dream is over and while the right fans are focusing on the future of the very young squad which Gareth Southgate has at his disposal, there are some who made a decision to react to the Three Lions' semi-final defeat to Croatia by lashing out at the players who underperformed on Wednesday night.

Bitter disappointment was mixed with pride for England fans who witnessed the Three Lions' lose their first World Cup semi-final in decades.

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement.

Had Kane added to his six goals in Russian Federation with either of his back-to-back chances in the first half against Croatia on Wednesday, when England was dominating and led 1-0, he could yet be lifting the trophy on Sunday.

"Those emotions are what drive us, that is our petrol and how we have come back to a semi-final after 20 years". We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us.

Croatia have yet to lose at this summer's World Cup, having blitzed through the group stage with wins over Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland, before edging past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties. But Croatia came alive in the second half, first scoring on a header in the 68th minute by Ivan Perisic to level the match and take the game to extra time.

"It was just a bit of fun to get them moving in some of the mobility exercises". There's a lot we could have done better, but they played well. We want players at 100 per cent fit.

England fans were left devastated after Croatia scored the victor in extra time.

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