Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

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"It shows we can win knockout games, it shows we can get to the semi-finals".

"People say I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", Lovren said.

England's Harry Kane applauds their fans after the match against Croatia July 12, 2018.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semifinal football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018.

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"We blew our chances", 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

England supporters gathered in Hyde Park to watch the World Cup semifinal threw an impressive amount of beer into the air while celebrating their team's goal against Croatia.

France coach Didier Deschamps urged his side to seize their chance of redemption in the World Cup final after admitting he has still not got over the pain of defeat in the Euro 2016 final. Defender Kieran Trippier put Gareth Southgate's squad ahead just five minutes in with yet another a goal from a set piece, a direct free kick that settled into the top right corner of Danijel Subasic's net.

In 1990, three years before Kane was born, England also fell short at the semifinal stage - on penalties against West Germany.

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Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".

At this year's World Cup, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play. The UEFA European Championship in 2016 was an abject humiliation - England crashed out after losing 2-1 against Iceland. "The only disappointment was that we were 1-0 up, and we should have been more".

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

But the third-place match can hold some surprises: The record for the fastest goal in World Cup history still belongs to Turkey's Hakan Sukur, who buried one 11 seconds into the third-place game against South Korea in 2002.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened". "I can't ask more of him as a captain or as a man over the last three weeks".

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