Forlorn but proud, fans applaud England despite defeat

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic and players go through drills during training in Moscow on Wednesday. Maxim Shemetov  Reuters

"I'm completely devastated at the result, more than I thought I would be", he said.

The Spurs right-back was one of England's best players throughout the tournament and put the Three Lions ahead in the nation's first World Cup semi-final for 28 years with a stunning free-kick five minutes in against Croatia.

The country came to a standstill during Wednesday evening's semi-final as the Three Lions lined-up against Croatia looking to keep the dream of bringing football home alive.

"But when you've got to this point and we've played in the way we have, and as well as we did in the first half, then you want to take those opportunities in life".

The Daily Mirror says they are "proud" of England's heroes after the defeat.

It postponed a planned event at the park site to allow fans to watch the game on several giant 94-metre by 11-metre screens. Dalic's insistence after the England match that "the whole of the stadium chanted "Croatia, Croatia" was belied by the fact that a huge chunk of the Russians in the building loudly jeered fullback Domagoj Vida nearly every time he touched the ball.

The Croatian team is now set to face off the French squad in the final match of the football championship in Russian Federation at the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 at 6:00 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT).

Despite taking the lead early in the first half on Wednesday, England suffered the familiar story of World Cup heartbreak as Croatia equalised in the second half and then claimed the victor in the second period of extra time.

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The Croatian is already up against it considering how he was taken apart by Kane at Wembley past year.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the team had "a great journey that's made the country proud".

"It's been really nice to see that".

It had left some wondering if this is the new normal.

"You don't get success in football and good weather in England", said Nikki Langley-Essen, 38, a London events manager enjoying the novelty of both.

Hyde Park was a mess as everyone went home.

"It#s such a young team and there's so much chemistry for the future, he said".

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.

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