Croatia rallies past England to reach World Cup final

England v Croatia Southgate’s side face Croatian test to secure historic World Cup final spot

England have been knocked of the World Cup after a 2-1 semi final loss to Croatia in an epic encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. He said as soon as Croatia got the upper-hand in Wednesday's semifinal, England reverted to old, inferior tactics that included hoofing the ball from defence to attack and simply hoping for the best.

As did Castlefield, in Manchester, and many towns and cities across England.

Dead-ball situations once again played their part but were not the deciding factor for England and ultimately the "Love Train", as Glenn Hoddle has labelled it, was derailed.

Kane had lead England to their first World Cup semi-final since the Italia '90 tournament 28 years ago, and in doing so scored a record amount of goals.

Croatia started the find their range as the second half wore on and Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko's cross past a diving Jordan Pickford.

Striker Mario Mandzukic scored 19 minutes into extra-time to complete the Croatian comeback and end England's dream tournament run.

"It is what it is, we'll try and play that game with as much pride and try and finish on a high, but we're still gonna be hurting of course in that game, in three or four days time we're still gonna be thinking about this one and what could have been, you know".

"We worked as hard as we could.it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time". The sound was eclipsed only by the joy that greeted Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor and the impromptu fireworks celebration in the wake of the final whistle.

The win sent tens of thousands of French people pouring onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in scenes of joy last seen when France won the World Cup two decades ago.

"I received a question like 'what do you think about the 4-1?' I really do not understand those questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes". It's been a fantastic journey.

Cars and vans drove through the streets with Croatian flags stretched tightly across their bonnets, honking their horns at each other as workers clocked out for the day early and headed home to watch the game.

England had been trying to reach its first World Cup final since winning its only title in 1966.

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