Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

Dele Alli and striker Danny Welbeck

World Cup Semi-Final: England V. Croatia, Winner Will Play France

"Maybe (that was) a effect of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

Croatia have multiple injury concerns heading into Wednesday's clash in Moscow, with right-back Sime Vrsaljko the main worry due to a knee injury, while goalkeeper Danijel Subasic was also hurt against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

Fleetwood and Hatton, two of England's top rising stars were disappointed, and they haven't even had to endure as much pain as some of the veterans like Justin Rose and Ian Poulter.

It would have been the nation's first final since they won in 1966 but an extra time goal from Mario Mandzukic left dreams shattered.

Here's the moment Croatia took the lead.

"England have reason to cry because they were so close to [reaching the World Cup final], but they have also have reason to be optimistic", the Manchester United manager told RT.

"For us as a team, it's another chance to create a small piece of history". I'm proud of how far we came and proud of Gareth Southgate.

"We deserved to reach the final".

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"Trippier, Maguire, Jordan Pickford, I would put those three in a category where, before the tournament, I was thinking, 'Can they step up?"

But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final.

Many fans had tears in their eyes and were too upset to talk after the final whistle - but other pockets of the crowd hid their sadness to applaud the Three Lions.

"We hope everyone enjoys the match and it goes without saying we hope England win. So I made a decision to build a pub", Lewis said. "We're looking forward to the future", said Young.

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. "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".

There, France would wait for Croatia again, just like they did in Saint-Denis on July 8, 1998.

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

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