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

Half time Croatia 0 England 1

Half time Croatia 0 England 1

But Croatia, having won on penalties against Denmark and Russian Federation in the last two rounds, saw the game out, dousing the World Cup dream of Gareth Southgate's team that had gone from the improbable to the possible over the last month in Russian Federation.

Players and notable figures from a variety of sectors shared their thoughts in the immediate aftermath as David Baddiel, a hero among supporters for the "Three Lions" track in 1996, thanked the team for the "ride" supporters have been on with them.

Mario Mandzukic scores the extra-time victor in the 109th minute to break English hearts.

Henderson said the identity Southgate brought to the team had been lacking, and it has enabled them to make this run to the World Cup final four.

Kieran Trippier has been likened to David Beckham for his quality in dead-ball situations and he showed why, bending a free-kick over the defensive wall to give England a very early lead with his first worldwide goal.

The last time they won the tournament was in their home stadium in 1966.

The momentum of the game had changed and when Perisic equalised for Croatia in the 68th minute it was no real surprise.

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When the final whistle blew, England players sank to the floor, some in tears, physically and emotionally exhausted.

Croatia have been taken to penalties twice in the knockout stages and again had to endure extra time against England. While France and Belgium did fulfil that potential, two teams that were not expected to be in the semi-finals are Croatia and England. With the Liverpool defensive midfielder also having improved his passing game, England are creating a lot of chances.

Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue.

In reality, I may have left out the most important key battle- the one at the penalty spot.

"We have shown that we can win knock-out games and get to semi-finals, so now we have to try and go one step further". Incredible! They have the lead within five minutes.

"We take it on the chin, we move on".

Harry Kane has been England's focal point in the World Cup. We can at least defend two crosses. "The biggest thing for me is just continuing to win - and hopefully a few more wins over the next week".

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Police estimated as many as 10,000 England fans were in the Russian capital for the game.

"This was the dream, we could've made it".

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

"Someone mentioned it the other day to us", Henderson said with a smile.

Tottenham Hotspur players have scored 12 goals at this World Cup, the most by any club at the tournament, one ahead of Barcelona.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs".

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.

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