England hold their heads high despite pain of World Cup loss

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

Croatian Cultural Society spokesman Goran Katich watched the game with fellow supporters at the Croatian club in west Auckland and said they were ecstatic when the final whistle went.

Southgate helped Ashley Young, at 33 the elder statesman of England's side, to his feet while tears were shed by the youngster Marcus Rashford and many others.

Their victory on Wednesday propelled them a step further than they managed at the 1998 World Cup, when they lost to hosts France in the last four. "Everyone was nervous, but when they got a second goal, everyone took so much confidence, everyone was up in the air, the club was full, there was a great atmostphere".

Southgate's England take on Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow, having beaten Sweden 2-0 in the last eight in Samara.

In the stadium that can still echo to the memories of the legendary middle distance battles between Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe at Moscow's 1980 Olympics, England stumbled with the finishing tape in sight. But Ivan Perisic gave them an unlikely lifeline in the 68th minute and Zlatko Dalic's team dominated from there.

Fellow fan Alex Klein, 28, added: "If we win, if we beat Croatia I'll, I'll probably cry, because to see England in a World Cup final is, is like a dream, a lifelong dream".

Croatia fans in NZ party at fulltime.

"This team have over-achieving by getting to a semi-final and they can all be absolutely proud". Suddenly, England looked like the exhausted ones. But we aren't going to make excuses.

"No way will they have such an easy route next time".

The men's World Cup soccer tournament is down to the final two games.

The players quickly tended to Cortez and made him part of the celebration once they realized he was OK.

"We deserved to reach the final".

When the inevitable pain subsides, and the belief that England blew their chance is placed in context, there is so much that can be taken from Russian Federation.

Unfortunately for England and their loyal fans, football is unfortunately not coming home as the Three Lions fell to a resilient Croatia side in extra-time 2-1.

He has the total respect and loyalty of his squad.

You couldn't ask for anything more from the group of players. They have personality as players and as a team.

Julie Rimet just moved to Kansas City from England two days ago.

Croatian Goran Ivanisevic owns one of the most unlikely sports stories of recent years after he won Wimbledon in 2001 despite being a wildcard entry.

"All played out": Southgate hugs Pickford amid the mass of gloomy England players and staff, but the i Paper sport section leads on Kane's words rallying his teammates to use the experience as fuel for future tournaments.

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