Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic promised that his side won't be out for revenge in their World Cup final against France on Sunday.

An initial wave of elation turned to heartbreak as 30,000 beer-soaked fans in London's Hyde Park on Wednesday watched England lose an early lead in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia and come up short once again.

He was run ragged by Harry Kane in Liverpool's defeat to Tottenham last October but dealt with the England striker in much more secured fashion last night.

"Did we feel we would be in this position?" "I am dreading it going to penalties but if it goes to penalties and we win, I would die a happy man".

Both of his goals came from set-plays, and given he is averaging 0.29 xG per 90 minutes, he can be expected to get at least one chance in this game.

"So, the dressing room and all of the staff is (in) a very hard place at the moment".

"We played extremely well in the first half, given the size of the game, and I was really pleased with the way we controlled possession", Southgate said.

"We worked as hard as we could.it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time".

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The team will be playing in its second semi-final at the World Cup since 1990 in Italy when the team finished fourth. Their last clash was at the 2010 World Cup qualifiers where England thrashed Croatia 5-1 in a vigorous manner.

"It's too easy sometimes to move on quickly".

"In 1998 I was in France for the first three games as a supporter".

This is often the World Cup's unwanted game and there is every chance, certainly as far as England is concerned, this will be used to give opportunities to those who have been so loyal in the shadows in Russian Federation.

Croatia has now survived three straight 120-minute matches-against Denmark, Russia and England-and has managed to make it all the way to the World Cup final, where it will play a heavily favored French team.

If they win, they head to the final against France. 'It's very hard to say anything that will make them feel better in this moment.

Kieran Trippier was an unlikely third name on the list of those who have scored for England in a World Cup semi-final, joining Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker with a glorious fifth-minute free-kick.

BRIAN STRAUS: You've brought this up a couple times and obviously I'm sure we'll delve into it in the next few days but this [Croatia] team, this program, this federation is total chaos.

"We had a little less composure with the ball in the second half, and maybe that was a effect of being ahead with the least experienced team in the finals, with an opportunity to get to a World Cup final".

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