But the success of Southgate's side, with England reaching their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, brought a feel good vibe to the country. Until then, goodnight and goodbye!
Croatia will effectively have played a game more than France, who also have an extra day to recover from their semi-final on Tuesday.
England players were shattered at the result. A third place play-off awaits against Belgium at this rate.
The match is going into extra time.
Croatia was supposed to be a exhausted team coming into the match. We shall find out.
Despite the much-vaunted attack of teenager Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, France's defense proved the difference as they shut down Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and they showed they will be hard to beat on Sunday. That came from out of nowhere!
Those England fans demanding a rematch due to Rebic receiving two yellow cards finally know the truth...
However, the 108 tests on non-matchdays meant that at least 85 per cent of players did not undergo a single no-notice test during the tournament. Defender Sime Vrsaljko lofted a pass toward England's goal. And England simply trailed off in the second half when it had just 30 per cent of the ball while Croatia cranked up their game.
Ivan Perisic's goal destabilized England's set-up. But then midway through the second half, Croatia struck.
'We've made a difference to people's happiness the last few weeks'. "Even out there the fans singing after a defeat, it's a proud feeling". He is released free and his initial shot is saved but the rebound shot from close range hits the post! "It´s too easy to move on quickly". They look untouchable on set pieces; another corner floated in by Trippier sees Maguire meet it but it goes just wide. What a way to open his goalscoring account for England.
The Draw in 90 minutes was matched at a high of [6.0] in-running. Croatia's trio in the middle is a solid one.
Captain Harry Kane, who leads the race for the tournament's golden boot with six goals, commented on how England have managed to get fans back on their side.
A lot of people are now taking to Twitter to try and start a petition for a rematch - yeah, that's nearly definitely not going to happen.
And despite suggestions that the Croats would tire, they looked stronger as the tie went on and won it with 11 minutes left of extra-time thanks to Mario Mandzukic.