How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

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Croatia take on England in the second semi-final of the World Cup.

We wanted to win it all, " Kane said.

England fans walk home disappointed after losing to Croatia in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

The England boss was also asked if the team's leading scorer Harry Kane had exhausted as the tournament progressed and was perhaps missing his cutting edge in the semifinals.

England may have looked "confident" during their World Cup campaign but Croatia were the ones to "dominate" in Wednesday night's match, setting them up for a final against "formidable" France. We're gutted, we've worked so hard and the fans were unbelievable.

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

"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final", he said.

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".

"We salute you": It's pretty much a love letter from the Mail's sport section to Southgate and his team.

Meanwhile the England men's U20's team achieved World Cup glory after beating Venezuela 1-0 past year.

Southgate was reluctant to draw any positives from England's World Cup experience so soon after the crushing loss to Croatia, but said there obviously were many high points and pointed to a bright future for his young, talented squad after their success in Russian Federation.

"I'm sure we lacked in some areas, there are things we could've done better".

The mutual appreciation between squad and fans was slightly marred by news on Thursday that Federation Internationale de Football Association had opened disciplinary proceedings against the FA following a report of possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the Croatia match.