Here's the most painful part of England's World Cup semifinal loss

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

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.

England play Croatia Wednesday night at 7pm.

"England fans in Hyde Park waste about $10,000 in beer on team's first goal against Croatia", suggested one sports reporter while tweeting out the clip.

They find it amusing to routinely give Sterling the lowest mark, when given the chance to rate the England players' performances.

Croatia were a goal down against Denmark in the last-16 as well as against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, before equalising and forcing extra time and penalty shootouts to advance.

Some England soccer fans sobbed while others looked to the future with confidence after their once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia on Wednesday.

After watching their team stumble at major tournaments for decades, often falling to much smaller nations, England supporters had begun to think that 2018 might be a different story.

England's players responded to a standing ovation from those supporters but there was no disguising the pain - or Southgate's determination to remind them of what they have achieved at this World Cup in Russian Federation.

"But when you get to this point and play as well as we did in the first half, you want to take those opportunities in life, so the dressing room is a very hard place at the moment".

England take on Croatia in the World Cup this evening. They have personality as players and as a team.

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

"We are deservedly in the final", Croatia coach Dalic said. "It's more than I ever expected, to be honest, so it's pretty good".

And, despite the cruel ending, history was made. They won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out. Belgium and England face off in the third-place match after losing in the semifinals.

This is often the World Cup's unwanted game and there is every chance, certainly as far as England is concerned, this will be used to give opportunities to those who have been so loyal in the shadows in Russian Federation.

Lovren kept golden boot leader Harry Kane quiet and will be hoping to go one better this weekend after losing the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

He added: "You should hold you heads up high".

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