Celebrities say England team did country proud after semi-final defeat

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That's exactly what Southgate and England captain Harry Kane called it immediately after losing to Croatia, using terms that losers of past World Cup semifinals have tossed around too.

Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in the semi-final clash in Moscow, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the victor in the 109th minute after Ivan Perisic had earlier cancelled out Kieran Trippier's free-kick opener.

England's shock run to the last four has captured the nation, and after easing past Sweden with a 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon, they now take on Zlatko Dalic's Croatia in Moscow. But the Blazers weren't done.

"They're coming home. With heads held high": The Times' back page leads on the image of a grimacing Kieran Trippier being helped off the field during extra time, stating that this England side will return "as heroes who have united the country and made the most sceptical of fans fall in love with the team again".


After the match, soccer fans in the United States and around the world reacted to England's loss with either heartbreak, or reveled in their failure.

The Croatians went into Russian Federation as the 20th-ranked team in the world, but in particular their midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic meant they were fancied by many as dark horses for a decent run. "It hurts. I don't know what else to say". "We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the [2016] final".

"The game went a lot better after the first half", said Richard Majic, another spectator at the garage.

"We've been with you all along and we'll be with you next time".


"They should have turned up, it's the semi-final of a World Cup". I'm proud of how far we came and proud of Gareth Southgate. "We felt we were good enough but have fallen just a bit short".

"We know their set-pieces are risky, they have scored seven times from them, but we have no reason to be nervous, we are relieved of any pressure and are here to enjoy ourselves", he said.

"We've shown pride and passion".

Vida and a team official, both of whom used to play for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev, appeared in a pro-Ukraine video posted shortly after Croatia knocked Russian Federation out of the tournament.


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