Just some very sad English soccer players on the ground


One England fan, who gave his name only as George, from Doncaster, was haggling with touts and individual fans selling tickets to try and get one below face value.

As the Croatian side celebrated the monumental goal, they moved towards an area of the sideline that did not have a barrier between the field and the photographers covering the game.

But on Monday, defender Ashley Young was quick to dismiss it's significance.

"Coach Zlatko Dalić has done a wonderful job, all the players are united and they're playing well".

"The dressing room is a hard place at the moment".

England came to a standstill as the 7pm kick-off approached, with roads deserted and shopping centres abandoned as fans dashed home to catch the historic game. The Croats were out-sung for the first 70 minutes, after Kieran Trippier's early goal, but found their voice after their equaliser, and were sent into delirium by the extra-time victor.

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And then, just when England thought old fears could be dismissed and new chapters of success written, it happened again. Thanks for the memories England!

Deschamps also suggested in his post-semifinal comments that the French side might have another gear to reach in the final.

Croatia fans in NZ party at fulltime. Needless to day, they weren't happy with the final outcome.

The rising hope only makes the dip of despair even more chastening.

"No way will they have such an easy route next time".

England faltered at that third hurdle with a World Cup final beckoning - the good work undone by exhausted legs and perhaps a withdrawal of ambition to protect a precious lead. It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.

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The World Cup Final is scheduled for Sunday, July 15 at 11:00am ET.

But a place in the World Cup final against France was not to be.

He has the total respect and loyalty of his squad. Be gutted tonight but realise how wonderful our team of players have done! For 70 minutes we battered them.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford told ITV: "Maybe we went ahead too early".

The reward for eliminating the hosts is a glamorous tie against England in Moscow on Wednesday and Dalic believes his team is well equipped to stop Harry Kane.

Croatia's win against Russian Federation in the quarter final on Saturday sent them crashing into the semi-final of the World Cup, but these firefighters had to rush out to an emergency moments before the crucial penalty. They won a knockout game for the first time since 2006. They reached the World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90. It's a disgusting way to go out of the World Cup.

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"What they did was impressive but we want to keep writing our own history and enjoy what we are doing which is very positive", he added.