Ivan Perisic hails 'dream' goal as Croatia reach final

TOPSHOT- England's midfielder Dele Alli celebrates with England's forward Harry Kane after scoring their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match

TOPSHOT- England's midfielder Dele Alli celebrates with England's forward Harry Kane after scoring their second goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match

But defeat still stings for Gareth Southgate and his overachieving players.

The loving family came together just moments after Southgate endeared himself to fans again by hugging all of his players on the pitch after the final whistle.

Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic helps an AFP photographer Yuri Cortez to his feet after celebrating scoring their second goal.

England may have crashed out of the 2018 World Cup, but there are signs the team could go one or two steps further for the follow-up in 2022. It's a more vibrant team, one with greater self-belief. Best of luck next time'.

Supporters showed their colours in Red Square just a stones throw from Vladimir Putin's headquarters at the Kremlin ahead of the match against Croatia.

Some fans have even called for the manager to be knighted after bringing the team so close to glory.

England manager Gareth Southgate. Pickford, Kane, Maguire et al - thank you for daring to dream.

Croatia, in the end, were simply too good and too streetwise in the semifinal and their 2-1 victory was deserved, despite England's impressive start to the game.

'Did we expect to be in this position? Maybe 14 but I think 13.


"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half, bottle jobs".

"It was a very hard game".

"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match".

Asked what Macron said, Mbappe replied: "President Macron said that he would see us in the semifinals, and that he was going to come back to see us with the World Cup". "There are a lot of things that have been hugely positive for us". I don't think any of them could have given any more. They have broken through a number of barriers over the last few weeks'.

England Football Tweeted to their fans to thank them for support throughout the Russian Federation 2018 campaign.

"The pressure of a World Cup, can they handle it?", Neville told ITV.

"I think tonight (Wednesday) will be the biggest test for them". Slowly, one-by-one, the players re-emerged where they met with friends and families watching from the stands.

"They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven't taken it", Reece said.

'If you look at every other nation that has had success, they've got to semi-finals and maybe not got across the line first time.

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