England coming home after semi-final defeat

Croatia’s fans celebrate after the World Cup Quarter Final match Russia vs Croatia in Zagreb Croatia

The hosts, the lowest-ranked team at the World Cup this year, were second in their group and beat former champions Spain in the last-16 round.

The fans at home would have possibly not expected such a show from their players, who have quickly been embraced as national heroes. "Something had to change to get the results", Dalic said.

And spirits were high in central Moscow as fans sang and cheered late into the night on the eve of the biggest game in almost three decades - a first World Cup semi-final since Italia 90.

"But if we are ready and compact like we were against Argentina, I don't believe we'll have any problems".

Dalic stressed that the presence of Croatia in the semifinals is deserved and he placed the current generation of players on a par with the Croatian squad that won the bronze medal at the 1998 World Cup in France. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout.

The first United Kingdom headlines to follow England's World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia were kind.

The first to speak to the fans was the team's chief coach Stanislav Cherchesov who thanked all those who had supported the team.

Sandy Castle, general manager at the pub told the Recorder: "We chose to publish the letter to reach out to our customers, to remind them how much we enjoy hosting events like this and providing a safe environment for everyone". They are in the better half of the draw and we have a proper team, full of quality, full of experience. "We told him we were disappointed. We'll focus all our energy on it and then that's the next step".

Kathleen Thornburn, 73, staithgate said: "I'm very excited, but very nervous".

Phillip Schofield praised the team for what they had achieved and for uniting people. "We looked decent. And penalties - it's a question of luck. and fate". Saturday's thriller between hosts Russian Federation and 1998 bronze medalists Croatia was one of them. "So it's a case of giving all we have and go further than we ever have before". But it didn't happen. "We can not do anything to stop this from happening other than hope that they have read this letter and think twice before acting".

"We are concentrating on what's going on now".

"England are looking strong as a team and have scored a lot of goals from set-pieces".

"I'm glad that I scored goals but the most important thing is to help the team".

"We're having an outside screen in the beer garden area tonight - and hopefully for the final on Sunday - where there's seating for over 100 people".

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