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In Wednesday's clash against Croatia, it was a case of delight to despair, as England threw away a 1-0 lead and allowed Croatia back into the game in the second half, before eventually getting knocked out of the tournament by Mario Mandžukić's killer blow in extra time.

But Zlatko Dalić's side fought back through Ivan Perisic, before Mario Mandzukic netted the victor in extra-time.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli of England following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

With beers flying, and the national anthem, amongst other patriotic songs, being sung, there was a genuine belief that England might make their first World Cup final since 1966.

"We deserved the victory", said match-winner Mandzukic.

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"It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

Sam, a local from Southampton said it best: "We are playing very well in this World Cup and although it is going to be hard I am confident that we will reach the final, I have been dreaming all my life with this moment". Croatia played three straight extra-time matches - two ended in penalty kicks.

According to Federation Internationale de Football Association, the players "continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the quarter-final match between Sweden and England".

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

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Walker insisted England would be motivated to beat Belgium on Saturday and finish third "because they got one over on us in the group stage", and went onto speak about using this World Cup as a platform for future success. But we've fallen just a bit short.

France can be crowned world champions for the second time in their history on Sunday and now lead the Euro 2020 betting at 4/1 (5.0). But Kane said the team could "hold our heads held high" as they "went further than anybody thought".

England players were inconsolable at the final whistle as it began to sink in that the World Cup was not "coming home" and Balotelli appeared to revel in their misery.

"But when you´ve got to this point, and we´ve played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life".

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