Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Croatia rallies past England to reach World Cup final

Croatia rallies past England to reach World Cup final

Although Walker described the players as "absolutely gutted" to miss out on a place in the World Cup final, he said they could take great encouragement from the emotional scenes at the end of Wednesday night's defeat against Croatia, when England fans showed their respect for the team's performances in Russian Federation by staying behind to applaud the players and singing their names.

England are out of the Fifa World Cup after Croatia fought back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 in extra time in a dramatic semifinal in Moscow. "It was a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone thought we could, we've just got to learn from it".

"I would say we have good mothers and fathers".

"Tonight we weren´t quite there but we will learn from that".

"We were planning to leave, but now we have to stay until Monday", said Sinisa Pavlek, a Croatian living in Germany as he emerged from the stadium with a broad smile on his face.

Ivan Perisic equalised for Croatia in the 68th minute before Mario Mandzukic scored the victor with 11 minutes remaining of extra time.

"The gaffer had a little word and said we should all be proud of ourselves".

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 captain Harry Kane was heartbroken after the loss but admitted that England had paid the price for being too passive in the second half after a bright opening 40 minutes.

England boss Gareth Southgate - on the day that was dubbed Waistcoat Wednesday in his honour back home - named an unchanged side to face Croatia, while Zlatko Dalić surprisingly made just one change from the side that beat Russian Federation on penalties in the quarter-final, bringing in midfield Marcelo Brozović for striker Andrej Kramarić. "We've come a long way in a short space of time".

England arrived at this World Cup with the least experienced squad in terms of caps, but Southgate said the agony of losing was just as strong despite surpassing limited expectations. "We should have killed the game [earlier]".

"We all feel the pain of the defeat".

For England, they meet Belgium on Saturday (3pm) in a battle for third-place having won the hearts of the nation. "But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work hard and prove everyone wrong". He gives you that confidence, and I think that he needs to take the most credit out of everyone of us.

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