Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

27 million viewers watch England in World Cup semi-final

27 million viewers watch England in World Cup semi-final

There were a range of feelings across Scotland on Wednesday night, before, during and after England's 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.

We wanted to win it all, " Kane said.

"Maybe (that was) a effect of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

Appearing as a pundit on beIN Sport, Souness suggested England midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard were the weak links in a team that lost control of the game after a bright start in Moscow.

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Souness suggested England's World Cup ambitions were shown up against the first good team they came up against in the tournament, as he suggested Southgate didn't have the right players on the field to beat Croatia.

In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.

A collection of front pages after England loses to Croatia in the World Cup.

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.

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However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".

"Whether that had an effect on us not wanting to take as many chances as we had, subconsciously, I don't know".

Customer Dean Lovett, who was checking in, said: "It's going to be really tight when I get there". "You've made us smile, made us proud, made us believe, every one of you a hero".

The mutual appreciation between squad and fans was slightly marred by news on Thursday that Federation Internationale de Football Association had opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA following a report of possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the Croatia match.

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"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters. But when you've got to this point and played as well as we have. you want to take these opportunities in life.

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