Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

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"We've come a long way in an incredibly short space of time", said Southgate, whose young squad reached the last four for the first time since 1990, as well as winning their first ever penalty shootout in the World Cup Finals.

"I'm sure this World Cup is ours", Robin from Cambridge says whilst her friends lavish praise on Harry Kane.

Croatia dumped England out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinal on Wednesday and mercilessly trolled the English after the win.

"I think now is the time for us to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a little bit over the next couple of days".

"We had hoped (for this) and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Ivan Kecerin, 41.

It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and objective as England lost their shape and composure, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick.

With his first worldwide goal, just over a year after his England debut, the 27-year-old Trippier joined David Beckham as the only English players since 1966 to score on free kicks at the World Cup. We're the guys who are running on the pitch but he's the backbone of this team.

Having gone into extra time and penalties in their previous two games ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, Modric said there was an assumption that the Croatian team would be exhausted, giving England the advantage. "We have had a fantastic journey, further than we thought", he added.

The Croatians rallied from behind to win 2-1 in extra time thanks to a goal from Mario Mandzukic. If Croatia played good football they might just get that.

Having been knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland and failing to win a single match at the 2014 World Cup, optimism was not high heading into Russian Federation.

But the bottom line is they will now be facing France in the final: not England.

Croatia's previous best showing at the World Cup was a semifinal final loss against France in 1998.

England had got off to a flying start when Trippier curled a superb free kick into the top corner in the opening minutes. "We've all grown up watching England and to represent your country at a semi-final of a World Cup, there's no better feeling".

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

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