While Croatia fans began celebrating into the night in wild scenes of fireworks and frivolity in capital city Zagreb, their England counterparts walked home leaving a deserted mess of empty bottles and unwanted flags.
Despite Kieran Trippier giving England an early lead, Croatia clawed their way back into the game and edged past Southgate's side after extra time.
France reached their third World Cup final with a victory over Belgium, setting up the meeting between the two sides in Moscow. We are focused on ourselves.
One of them was Gareth Southgate, the head coach and manager of the English soccer team.
Belgium and England will meet in the third-place match of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.
"But, blimey, we've come through so many important ones and, as I say, I'm really, really very proud of what they've done".
"He is 32 or 33 and has given me hope this is not my last tournament and I am looking forward to going to the Euros and, hopefully, going to another World Cup as this experience has been incredible".
In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.
New Zealand may still be winners at the World Cup after all.
"It is massive that we have had a good tournament and restored the pride of the nation".
The Times and The Guardian said it was the "end of the dream" while i said "Southgate's team will still return as heroes after superb World Cup effort".
"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that". I think it is too easy to move on immediately from what we've just been through. "I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possible game I can play in the times I have been selected".