Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak

World Cup- Belgium Training- Sochi Russia- Jun 16 2018 Belgium's assistant coach Thierry Henry with coach Roberto Martinez during training. Reuters

Croatia has defeated England and will advance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final against France on Sunday.

The Croats entered the match after winning their previous two games on penalty kicks, but they showed no sign of fatigue in the second half against England.

Alas, it was not to be. But they gave us pride - and brought the whole nation together": "The Mail uses its front page to focus on the impact England's success at the World Cup has had beyond the world of football.

It's four years away, sure, and a lot can change in that time.

"And your president is better looking". Both teams will be looking to erase history in the final.

So, we want to say thank you to Harry Kane, Harry Maguire, Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, John Stones, Marcus Rashford, Jordan Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Ashley Young, Kieran Trippier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Jack Butland, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope, Fabian Delph and Danny Welbeck. And Croatia would never let England get so close again.

Numerous same players who led England to such success in Russian Federation this year will be returning in Qatar, with four more years' experience under their belts.

F1 driver Hamilton wrote on Twitter that the team had done England proud, showing "real grit and determination".

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England learned that lesson in its opening 2-1 win over Tunisia in Volgograd.

There's no reason to believe this growth won't continue as they become yet more familiar playing with each other and on the world stage.

He has, however, noted the set-piece threat posed by Gareth Southgate's men. The waistcoat-wearing coach has transformed England's prospects, and he seems sure to stick around.

"England fans break down across the country as World Cup dream ends".

But now Lovren has a World Cup final to look forward to.

And the team is already eyeing up the road ahead.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told BeIN Sports after beating England.

"There was a spell in the second half where they got the goal and their tails were up and we really had to weather the storm and lost our way a little bit". We have to carry that on.

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