Croatia end England’s run to reach first World Cup final

Ross Houston
July 12, 2018

Croatia will be hoping to avoid that fate when they take on France in Moscow on Sunday.

England crashed out of the World Cup Wednesday with a heartbreaking 2-1 semifinal loss against Croatia after grabbing an early lead.

One matchup England will look to exploit involves Dejan Lovren, as he will have to go up against Harry Kane, who is now in line to win the Golden Boot at this summer's World Cup.

Kane looks likely to finish as the FIFA World Cup's top scorer given he already has six goals and one more match to play, but his display against Croatia was not well received.

He said: 'I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high. "There's a lot of enthusiasm".

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began. "Croatia deserved to win", Mark Burcher, 50, said.

Neither team came to Russian Federation being heralded as favourites but they have produced performances throughout the competition which have shown they were underestimated by the pundits.

Vukojevic, a former Croatia worldwide, published the video on social media after the match on Saturday in a move which was criticised by Russian politicians.

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible". Three days after Croatia lost to the host nation 2:1, Ćiro Blažević's squad defeated Holland 2:1 in the game for third place at the Parc des Princes in Paris - and the achievement has been celebrated ever since.

Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.

"I think they have a good mentality in the team, team spirit which is very important for a tournament". What more could we ask for?

Here, Press Association Sport looks at Croatia's route to the showpiece event.

'You've had an incredible World Cup, made history, and gave us fans something to believe in.

Croatia fans in NZ party at fulltime.

Deschamps also suggested in his post-semifinal comments that the French side might have another gear to reach in the final.

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.

Nick Branch, 35, joked: "I'm a West Ham fan so I'm used to disappointment".

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