Exhausted Croatia must draw on reserves for France final

Posted July 13, 2018

"It was a tough game, a 50-50 game, I'm sure we'll look back at stuff we could have done better but we worked as hard as we could".

"We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russian Federation, and that is something that we are going to talk to the FA about", her spokesperson said.

England is waking up to an almighty hangover after Gareth Southgate and his squad crashed out of the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday night. Thanks for all your support'.

The front pages are in stark contrast to how England's performance was portrayed in 2014, when the team were knocked out in the group stages - the first time since 1958.

As they entered the second half of extra time against England with the scores level, it began to look like they would need to step up to the spot again, until Mario Mandžukić scored with 11 minutes to play.

"You see the supporters stay at the end and that tells you what the players have given, not just tonight but over the period and I can't ask any more of what the players and staff have given". It's been awesome watching and feeling a nation who has been buzzing game after game.

Loud cheers rang out after each goal, fans waved the red and white national flag, and after the final whistle Croatian TV showed wild celebrations breaking out in towns and cities.

Reassured by positive reports from the tournament and inspired by the unexpected progress of their team, some England fans have raced to Russian Federation in recent days, with extra match tickets released by organizers FIFA and additional seats provided on Moscow-bound flights from Britain. "Croatia deserved to win", Mark Burcher, 50, said.

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However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".