Gareth Southgate gave England staff handwritten notes before World Cup

12 July, 2018, 19:43 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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That the nation will be backing them to gain revenge for the World Cup semi-final loss to France in 1998 is without question, as is the fact that there will once again be an army of fans decked out in red and white checks at the Luzhniki Stadium.

And because BA were clearly really going for it, customers were also given boarding passes with customer name "Football" and destination "Home", which we'd imagine might fetch a bob or two on eBay should England come out triumphant.

It came after Ivan Perisic had cancelled out Kieran Trippier's fifth minute free-kick.

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final.

Tense moments followed for the 12th man as Croatia tried to pile the pressure on and fans had their hearts in their mouths when the score was only kept level by some desperate England defending.

The official attendance was given as 78,011.

These are among the most popular words used to describe teams in this summer's tournament, according to research by Cambridge University Press. We're taking it step by step.

"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 Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin.


In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again. We did not underestimate them. "I've been saying that for 10 years; it's unfair", said Van Gaal ahead of the third-place clash against Brazil, who was about to take over as head coach of Manchester United. We can at least defend two crosses.

"I just feel so disappointed". "It's a great honour for all the players and the supporters, and I don't think we're really aware of the scale of it just yet".

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

"We played better than we did against Argentina".

John Ryan, 33, from Coventry, was also in the Luzhniki to witness the defeat.

- Who has the edge in the World Cup final?

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".

Scenes after the game were, perhaps unsurprisingly, more subdued than after the quarter-final win against Sweden.

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