"Don't Look Back In Anger" - England fans' emotional praise following Croatia defeat

Theo Walcott

England's keeper Jordan Pickford made a brilliant save in stoppage time of the first half of extra time, appearing to injure Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic in the process. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't".

Dead-ball situations once again played their part but were not the deciding factor for England and ultimately the "Love Train", as Glenn Hoddle has labelled it, was derailed.

"It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

"Obviously it's been good to get to this stage and we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it. but we've fallen a bit short".

Hard to believe at the time, but that would be England's only score.

"We created some good chances when we were 1-0 up, maybe we dropped a little too deep but we didn't get enough pressure on the ball".

Croatia, on the other hand, now have a golden opportunity to win their first ever World Cup. Trippier's set piece on five minutes was England's 12th at Russian Federation 2018, more than any other Three Lions side.

Perisic came close again and Mandzukic had a shot saved by Pickford as Croatia pressed for the victor but it wasn't to come and the game headed into extra-time.

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The Three Lions can be proud of their performance at this summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

"But knockout football is fine margins and when you have spells in the game and when you have chances against real quality, you've got to make them count".

"Especially English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake".

Perisic almost scored a second goal just minutes later, as he latched onto the ball following a defensive lapse before striking the post with his shot.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on July 11, 2018.

Midfielder Modric said the team had been motivated by people saying they would be "tired" after their previous two matches went to penalty shootouts.

But Croatia kept their focus and Mandzukic struck left-footed in the 109th minute, ending England's dreams for another four years and setting up a final with France on Sunday, as Zlatko Dalic's men move another step closer to a first World Cup title.

Croatia beat England 2-1 on Wednesday in the World Cup semi-finals, earning a trip to the final in a first in the country's history.

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