Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

England fans feel the after effects of last night's crushing loss

England fans feel the after effects of last night's crushing loss

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.

The Croats, who play France on Sunday, fought back to beat England 2-1 after extra time, securing a first World Cup final appearance. "There were so many big-quality teams and they are home by now".

England fans are waking up after their World Cup dream ended in tears last night - but there is plenty of national pride to read about in this morning's papers. Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final". "We've shown our character".

"Just feel when will it ever be our time?"

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.

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'In the second half we had to weather the storm a bit.

Fans tell me they are quite nervous, though England is leading with a goal.

"It's the beginning of something, it's a special time but I've got Stuart Pearce's very wise words ringing in my ears from Euro 1996 when he said "this will never happen again, enjoy it while you can".

"Tonight, in the end we weren't quite there".

"It is easy to say this team has [the same] potential as the one from 1998, but it is not easy to put together so many men, create an atmosphere, even provoke luck", Vrsaljko added.

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Samuel Umtiti headed in the only goal in a 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium in St Petersburg yesterday morning (Singapore time), consigning the Red Devils' "golden generation" to another bitter defeat.

"We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game". I don't realistically think any of us did.

But that wouldn't deter the Duke of Cambridge from supporting his team as they take on Croatia in Wednesday's semi-final.

England manager Gareth Southgate insists his side will face their toughest challenge of the World Cup to date when they lock horns with Croatia in the semi-final.

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