Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Kylian Mbappe revels in England's World Cup misery on Instagram

Kylian Mbappe revels in England's World Cup misery on Instagram

In beating Gareth Southgate's young team, Croatia - taken to extra-time for a third consecutive match - have surpassed the achievements of the heroes of 1998, who reached the semifinals in France. Suddenly, Croatia was dominant, crowding England's box again and again, with the English squad scrambling to prevent Croatia taking the lead.

Kane is every defender's nightmare and, with six goals to his name at the tournament, the Englishman is raring to go as the Three Lions look to win their second ever World Cup.

England players were inconsolable at the final whistle as it began to sink in that the World Cup was not "coming home" and Balotelli appeared to revel in their misery. I think knockout football is about fine margins and when you have good spells against fine sides you need to take your chances.

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

"You look at all these England players and majority haven't won a trophy".

But despite the tears, England will return home having surpassed all expectations.

However, they have taken a gruelling route to the final and the French will be warm favourites.

They had overcome Denmark and Russian Federation to reach the semi-final, before eliminating the Three Lions.

Despite the much-vaunted attack of teenager Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, France's defense proved the difference as they shut down Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku and they showed they will be hard to beat on Sunday. It is highly unlikely the first trophy in your career is going to be the World Cup.

Trippier's curling fifth-minute free-kick was his first global goal, a prominent example of the quality of his delivery that has given rise to the "Bury Beckham" moniker because he was born in Bury near Manchester.

Croatia equalised in the 68th minute, thanks to a goal by Ivan Perisic who profited on some weak defensive work by England, who looked below-par in the second half.

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

Croatia will face France in Sunday's final (4pm) as they look for their first taste of glory on the worldwide stage. They now have the chance to avenge that loss and become the ninth nation to win a World Cup final.

England players collapsed on the pitch, distraught as the Croatians and their fans celebrated wildly, .

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