England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

Bev Mountford with grandson Liam Moutford,aged 9 in Southgate Road

Bev Mountford with grandson Liam Moutford,aged 9 in Southgate Road

Croatia take on France in Sunday's World Cup final in a rematch of the 1998 semi, in which Les Bleus triumphed 2-1.

England is waking up to an almighty hangover after Gareth Southgate and his squad crashed out of the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

"It was incredible considering they had just played a couple of two hour games plus penalties".

"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin. We had the belief that we could go all the way and you can never be sure if this kind of opportunity will come round again. Belgium and England face off in the third-place match after losing in the semifinals.

Southgate certainly believes the World Cup campaign has created a foundation.

"I was surprised by England's substitutions", Burley said.

Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarter-final
Croatia entered the World Cup semis for the first time since 1998, where they will face England on July 11, 2018. At 22, Alli became the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup behind Michael Owen.

Had Kane added to his six goals in Russian Federation with either of his back-to-back chances in the first half against Croatia on Wednesday, when England was dominating and led 1-0, he could yet be lifting the trophy on Sunday.

Since the breakup started, the country now known as Serbia has qualified for four World Cups, including this year's tournament.

England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday, so there's still a chance that Southgate and the team won't walk away totally empty-handed. Records have been shattered, tears have been shed, and a number of fans from around the world have flocked to the tournament to watch the greatest spectacle in the world and they have not been disappointed by the festivities. "There's so many things to build on now and we've got to make sure we do that".

Meanwhile, Croatia, who dashed England's hopes of a World Cup final spot, are the "dark horse", the research found, while "dominate" and "impress" were also frequently used in connection with the team.

"The victory over Argentina, the extra time!"

Ultimately we were not good enough to win it, but we can accept that - as a team, they still far exceeded all of our expectations, and I would congratulate them for that. He knows England's defenders well from the Premier League and will offer a signficant test of pace and strength for a backline that played 120 minutes in the semifinals and has had one day less to rest.

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