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

Croatia stun England in extra time to book first-ever final berth

Croatia stun England in extra time to book first-ever final berth

But he felt vindicated after keeping Kane quiet as Croatia crushed England's World Cup dreams by coming from behind to win an epic semi- final 2-1 and book their place against France on Sunday.

But the team's performance over the past month - with a 6-1 trouncing of Panama, their first ever World Cup penalties win and first World Cup semi-final since 1990 - has seen them reconnect with a disillusioned fan base.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened". We can at least defend two crosses.

Defender Kyle Walker tweeted that he had "never felt so gutted" but said he wanted people to remain positive. "We have to keep playing well for our club and hopefully the manager picks us for the national team". We're gutted, we've worked so hard and the fans were awesome.

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After the match, soccer fans in the United States and around the world reacted to England's loss with either heartbreak, or reveled in their failure.

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Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup". Did we feel we would be in this position? "We'll look at the goals and chances but I don't think we could have given more over these six or seven weeks". But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life. "I'm remarkably proud of the group of players", he added.

"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.

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"I'd be amazed if he doesn't come out in the next few days or week and something emerges about his fitness".

"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".

The England boss was also asked if the team's leading scorer Harry Kane had exhausted as the tournament progressed and was perhaps missing his cutting edge in the semifinals.

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