Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 2-1 decision in the second half of extra time.

Although the Three Lions took the lead with a fantastic Kieran Trippier free-kick just five minutes in, the Vatreni showed grit to fight back from goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic to win the match after extra-time.

He adds: "Nobody expected us to get this far before the tournament started - I didn't".

"I insisted that I can not teach these players football, they play fantastic football already. But now it's got a good foundation, so we just need to build on that and make sure we build an empire from it". Tonight we weren't quite there. "We left everything out there".

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".

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"It's tough, we're gutted", he said. "We have to be proud".

"Players had run out of steam but that´s partly their age - they´re still physically maturing".

Croatia was supposed to be a exhausted team coming into the match.

"The players have to go through big matches and experiences to become a team that can win". He knows what to say at the right time. Croatian fans were elated; English fans fumed, claiming the goal should've been disallowed because of a high kick. Sure, ultimately they came up short, but the manner of their achievement in getting to a semi final no-one saw coming has inspired us all.

An early goal was not enough to stop Croatia from eliminating England's dream of reaching the final of the World Cup for the first time since 1966.

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He said: "All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: 'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' They should be more humble and respect their opponents more".

At one point you can even see Croatia defender Domagoj Vida pull one of the piled-on photographers up and kiss his forehead while goal-scorer Mandzukic pats him on the back.

Josip Pivaric of Croatia celebrates his Fifa World Cup semifinal win over England.

"It's not something I'm really thinking about at the moment to be honest, it's not the game we wanted to be in", Kane admitted. Did we expect to be in this position? "I think before probably it was built on sand". "Get out on the pitch and then talk, that's what we did". "It´s too easy to move on quickly".

"Yeah of course [I want to play]".

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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". "That will be the challenge".

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