Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Twitter Reacts To Englands World Cup Loss

Twitter Reacts To Englands World Cup Loss

The Inter Milan winger played a key role in the small Balkan nation reaching a first major final, scoring the equaliser and then setting up Mario Mandzukic for the 2-1 extra-time victor over England in their semi-final. When player Kieran Trippier scored an early goal against Croatia in the first quarter, in fact, crowds of England fans erupted in raucous joy. Surely their youth and the extra rest would pay off at some point during 30 additional minutes. Harry Kane, the captain, is just 24. And it nearly happened early in the extra session when John Stones rose to meet a corner kick, only for Vrsaljko to clear the goal-bound header off the line.

"It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again", Southgate said of the song by The Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which has, years later, become England's unofficial music at the tournament and has captured the imagination of the fans.

Even in penalties, you wouldn't have counted this England team out.

Croatia last reached the semis of a World Cup in 1998 and the moment wasn't lost on the Inter Milan man. Croatia deserved the victory. Luka Modric and Co. will be a formidable opponent for France. For England, the end still felt premature. "There's a lot of ifs and buts".

"But regardless of that, I think the football across the board has been really exciting, really entertaining, and the hosting of the tournament and the cities that have hosted it has been outstanding". Look at the other teams they'll be up against.

But here in Russian Federation he has grown immeasurably in stature, standing as tall as Spartacus outside the Spartak Stadium; cutting the figure of a man who, in the eyes of his England players as well as many supporters, has achieved an even higher status than any coach the FA might have considered before him. They were a joy to watch.

And the Daily Star says the "brave lions" were close to "final glory".

A World Cup of surprises concludes with a final of contrasts.

They'll have a little less than four days to rest up for the final against France, which has finished all of its games in regulation and has an extra day to prepare, having beaten Belgium on Tuesday.

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