Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

England's World Cup final dream over but William 'couldn't be more proud'

England's World Cup final dream over but William 'couldn't be more proud'

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Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their worldwide careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.

Disappointment went hand-in-hand with pride as the English media showered Gareth Southgate and his players with praise and sympathy on Thursday after their surprise World Cup run came to an agonising end at the semifinal stage against Croatia in Moscow.

The signing of a world class goalkeeper remains the primary target for Liverpool this summer, particularly following Loris Karius' high profile mistakes in the Champions League final at the end of May.

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

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Crowds gathered at locations including London's Hyde Park, Millennium Square in Leeds, Nottingham Castle, and Birmingham's Archway outdoor cinema.

If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.

Joe predicted a 2-0 England win and said he believed the celebrations would be on a larger scale than in 1966 if England go on to win the trophy.

"It was tough first-half. I feel disappointed but proud".

"We started slowly, but we showed our character just as in the previous two knockout games when we were a goal down".

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Travelling fan Joe Settle, 62, and his son Andrew, from Bolton, said they couldn't miss the chance to see England in the semi final.

"It's tough, we're gutted", Kane said.

"I've been to lots of failures and I thought this was the time. But I also don't want to miss England in the World Cup final", said David, a 42-year-old from Leeds. You give everything you have, build friendships with your team, give everything for your country and play in a way that you hope connects with the fans.

"Maybe [that was] a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added. These are good kids, hopefully they will win it for us.

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