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England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home. The Croats were out-sung for the first 70 minutes, after Kieran Trippier's early goal, but found their voice after their equaliser, and were sent into delirium by the extra-time victor.

The 80,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium reverberated with the renditions of the national anthem, Three Lions (Football's Coming Home) and the fans' new favourite chant for manager Gareth Southgate to the tune of Whole Again by Atomic Kitten.

Southgate said playing regularly in big matches was a key stage of development for his players and that the way they dropped away in the second half was perhaps a result of their inexperience.

Gifted a relatively soft draw by the early exit of a number of traditional World Cup superpowers, England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996, when Southgate was part of the team.

Then Mandzukic scored, giving Croatia the lead for the first time in the match, and there was no way back for England.

The official attendance was given as 78,011.

They will meet a French team which eased past Belgium 1-0 in their semi-finals, and which boasts a population difference of around 62 million people more than Croatia.

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"Heroes" There's plenty of sympathy in defeat from The Mirror, which offsets the image of Jamie Vardy and Dele Alli crouched on the turf at the final whistle with the message, "We're proud of you all". What more could we ask for?

"We take it on the chin, we move on". To each and every @England fan, the support has been incredible and we can't thank you enough!

"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".

"I just feel so disappointed". Realistically, I don't think any of us did.

"This was the dream, we could've made it".

England manager Gareth Southgate says the team dressing room is "a hard place at the moment", after his side went out to Croatia in extra-time in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

"It was a tough first half. Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

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