England lose 2-1 to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2018

Prince William, who is also the president of England's Football Association, issued a battle cry before his country's World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia, according to the Evening Standard.

HEARTBROKEN football fans had their heads in their hands as England's fairy tale World Cup came to an end.

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"They are young but they have character, a (winning) mentality". He said that it was only after England beat Scotland 2-0 in their second game that the stadium MC played the song with the crowd singing the chorus, "It's Coming Home".

"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".

The largest travelling support of the tournament so far, estimated before the game to be up to 10,000, were at Russia's biggest stage to witness the national side's failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years.

Not only was it his second of the match but it gave England the vital three points they needed to get off to a good start.

Sunday's clash in Moscow will mark Croatia's first appearance in the final of football's flagship event and comes 20 years after they finished third, which until now had been their best result in the competition. It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again. "Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

"I was in Nice to watch us lose to Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy". I don't realistically think any of us did.

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit.

It's four years away, sure, and a lot can change in that time. "I can't ask more of him as a captain or as a man over the last three weeks".

When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wednesday, an AFP photographer unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players.

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