This Is the Most Tender Photo of the World Cup So Far

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"They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven't taken it", Reece said.

Expectations were low heading into the tournament, but that did not make it any easier to accept defeat by Croatia, who fought back with goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic after Kieran Trippier's free kick had given England an early lead.

The Three Lions fought bravely but came up just short in extra time as Croatia snatched a late victor to book their spot in Sunday's final with France.

The draw at 90 minutes led to a heated extra time period with during which England's Dele Alli and Croatia's Ivan Rakitic almost came to blows.

We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream? They have given us so much to shout about.


"We take it on the chin, we move on".

Despite what is a devastating loss for Gareth Southgate and his team, not to mention supporters, many front pages focussed on how far England made it through the tournament and the sense of national pride they instilled in the public. We can at least defend two crosses.

He said: "I just feel I can get better all the time". "We worked so hard, the fans were incredible, it was a tough game, a 50-50 game, when we look back we will think there's stuff we could have done better".

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus.

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.


The majority of the players can play the next World Cup.

"It's not something I'm really thinking about, " he said.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs".

I walked around the city with my son for two or three hours before the Croatia game and all the England fans we saw were having a great time, which is the way it should be.


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