Gary Neville hails England for exceeding expectations despite World Cup heartbreak

12 July, 2018, 08:43 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Heartbreak for the England side in Moscow leads the Thursday papers as Gareth Southgate's men were beaten 2-1 by Croatia after extra time.

Before that, from 1930 to 1990 Croatia was part of Yugoslavia.

England were the favourites heading in to the semifinal, but it wasn't to be, and those watching at home were left distraught, some in tears.

"England fans in Hyde Park waste about $10,000 in beer on team's first goal against Croatia", suggested one sports reporter while tweeting out the clip.

F1 driver Hamilton wrote on Twitter that the team had done England proud, showing "real grit and determination".

"Pride of Lions": Southgate comforts Danny Rose at the final whistle as England are "defiant but defeated" by Croatia.

Southgate and his players will rightly receive huge praise as they have done so much to restore England's reputation and reconnect the public to their football team.

England secured their biggest major tournament win in Russian Federation, as well as winning their first World Cup penalty shootout and first knockout match since 2006 en route to just their third ever semi-final in this competition.


England's only goal in the game sparked scenes of pandemonium, only to be replaced with eerie silence as Croatia equalised early in the second half and then snatched victory in extra time.

"We deserved to reach the final".

Matt Lawton in MOSCOWTHE clock that hangs in the English FA office will continue to count down to the 2022 World Cup, marking the time when the organisation have long looked to travel to a major tournament more in expectation than hope.

Would Katich be able to sleep on Sunday night?

"But regardless of that, I think the football across the board has been really exciting, really entertaining, and the hosting of the tournament and the cities that have hosted it has been outstanding".

Across town, England soccer fans gathered at White House Pub.

England's resurrected Euro '96 campaign song by the Lightning Seeds was even performed by the band ahead of the game to a rapturous reception from the largely youthful crowd decked out in England shirts and flags.

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb.

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