England could still win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Atmosphere building in Moscow ahead of tonight;’s match

Atmosphere building in Moscow ahead of tonight;’s match

"It was a very hard game, we all know what was at stake and how important a semi-final is for a small country like Croatia", said Perisic.

Under the clear blue skies of a attractive summer's evening, beer rained down as fans celebrated an early England goal in their first semi-final appearance in 28 years - a prospect which had seemed virtually impossible at the tournament's outset.

Penticton's new British pub, Brexit, was a full house with footy fans for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia.

"I was back in my hometown". Did we expect to be in this position? "I reckon there's a lot we could've done better".

"The dressing room is a very hard place at the moment".

Southgate leads a group of players whose conduct has won so many admirers here as England made their way to the last four.

"Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".

"My father actually played for former Yugoslavia, and I know my brother played for a long time, so yes, it's a bit of a tradition". They have personality as players and as a team.

"It's too easy sometimes to move on quickly".

This is often the World Cup's unwanted game and there is every chance, certainly as far as England is concerned, this will be used to give opportunities to those who have been so loyal in the shadows in Russian Federation.

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said one man in a red England shirt who declined to give his name.

Ivan Perisic watched Croatia's World Cup semi-final against France on television as a boy, then spent two years in the country.

The population is expected to descend on pubs and beer gardens across the country in support of Gareth Southgate and the Three Lions and drink an extra 10 million beers, the British Beer and Pub Association said.

But when Mario Mandzukic caught Stones sleeping with just over 10 minutes to play, burying a left-footed shot under Pickford, England's World Cup dream was over.

Politicians also added their praise, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for England".

"For us, it was an opportunity to do something which only one team in our nation's history has ever done".

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