England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

England hailed as heroes after World Cup heartache

But Mario Mandžukić's goal in the 109th minute settled matters.

Hopes had already begun to fade before Croatia scored their winning goal and there were cries of agony when the ball hit the back of the net.

"This was our problem for 10 years, we had great individuals but no unity and that's why I had to build that unity of goal in the team".

"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get". But it doesn't bother me what others say.

The Three Lions missed chances to extend their lead - Harry Kane hit the post when he tried to stuff a rebound past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic at the near post in the 30th minute - but they were generally in control of the match.

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their vehicle 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.

Even a late rendition of God Save the Queen failed to rally the 8,000-strong crowd at Castlefield Bowl at the start of extra time.

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We have to enjoy the moment, then tomorrow we prepare for England , we have one day less for preparation. Croatia defender Domagoj Vida also scored in extra time with a header in the 101st minute.

Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.

History in Turin had its echo in Moscow on Wednesday, and England's scorer 28 years ago, Gary Lineker, was at the Luzhniki Stadium to see it.

Another right full-back, 22-year-old French defender, Benjamin Pavard's inclusion in the French squad for the World Cup drew a lot of criticism from fans across the globe.

Selection: £1 on Belgium to win 3-2 at 28/1 with bet365. "Well done England and well done Gareth Southgate you have been brilliant".

"My most abiding memory has got to be the penalty save against Colombia", he said of his spectacular shootout stop from Carlos Bacca in the last-16. But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars. "We restored some pride back into the shirt, which was an important thing for us to do".

A significant amount of the pre-tournament discussion was centred around potential trouble between England and Russian Federation fans, after the clashes between the two sets of supporters in Marseille in 2016.