England hold their heads high despite pain of World Cup loss

Lionel Messi with his head in his hands as Croatia beat Argentina 3-0

Lionel Messi with his head in his hands as Croatia beat Argentina 3-0

A big day for British soccer (or football) fans when their team is competing in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup against Croatia.

"Want to know how insane we are?" said Fran Colak, a Croatian Saultite who had come down to the gathering to watch the semi-final game.

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.

Kieran Trippier has been a revelation as a defender and creator while Harry Maguire's "man of the people" persona has gone hand in hand with rapid development as an England defender.

But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russian Federation.

England were knocked out of the tournament by Croatia, and Kane looked a million miles away from his normal lethal self.

Wimbledon to remain football-free zone despite World Cup fever
GMT on Sunday, meaning it would be highly likely to clash with the World Cup final, kicking off at 4 p.m. The Centre Court showpiece is now slated for 2 p.m.

But Zlatko Dalić's side equalised in the 68th minute through Ivan Perisic and bossed the game from then on, before Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic popped up with the victor in the second half of extra time to send Croatia into their first ever World Cup final. In their other appearance, in 1966, in London, they entered popular folklore by beating West Germany, an achievement that many fans have long thought they would never see again.

France advanced to the final after defeating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday, while Croatia needed extra time to defeat England 2-1 on Wednesday.

"It was a good game". Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final".

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", said photographer Yuri Cortez, who was positioned next to the pitchside advertising boards.

England's match in Moscow on Wednesday night will be for a place in the World Cup final against France on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Southgate believes his side will not face an easy route to get there.

But despite the heartbreak, they and manager Gareth Southgate have reconnected many people with the national team. The two teams played in the final group stage match with reserves, with Belgium winning 1-0 and earning placement into the tougher side of the knockout bracket as a result.

Recommended News

  • Germany's Maas: 'we are not prisoners' of Russia, nor the U.S.

    Germany's Maas: 'we are not prisoners' of Russia, nor the U.S.

    Trump kicked off the NATO Summit in Brussels by lashing out at Germany for being "held captive" by Russian Federation . Trump's warnings about the pipeline's strategic dimension would be more persuasive if he weren't also as busy as Mr.
    Southgate proud of England support after 20 years of personal hurt

    Southgate proud of England support after 20 years of personal hurt

    That hasn't been the case this year, and since England's 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, the song has surged in popularity. The temperament of the manager and his staff on the touchline during that shootout win over Colombia was exemplary.
    King Cites Concerns About Kavanaugh Nomination

    King Cites Concerns About Kavanaugh Nomination

    Supreme Court, has played a pivotal role in some of Florida's most contentious moments, from Elian González to the Bush vs. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had a hand in some of the most important environmental law cases in recent history.
  • Sunglasses and chocolates: Eight boys rescued from Thai cave recovering

    Sunglasses and chocolates: Eight boys rescued from Thai cave recovering

    The remaining four boys and coach were brought to safety Tuesday morning as part of a third day of rescue operations. Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which both lasted several hours.
    Wimbledon 2018 -- Men's quarterfinal matches

    Wimbledon 2018 -- Men's quarterfinal matches

    Although Federer's forehand was getting more erratic with each passing game, it seemed Anderson had too big a moment to climb. Switzerland's Roger Federer heads to the exit at Wimbledon after losing for the fifth time in his career with a two-set lead.
    IDF Patriot missile shoots down Syrian drone over Sea of Galilee

    IDF Patriot missile shoots down Syrian drone over Sea of Galilee

    On June 24, Israel's military said it launched a Patriot missile at an incoming drone from Syria, which turned away unscathed. Russia, another top key ally of Assad, has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country.
  • Chiefs don't select anyone in the 2018 National Football League  supplemental draft

    Chiefs don't select anyone in the 2018 National Football League supplemental draft

    The team signed Sam Irwin-Hill to serve as a backup punter and since that time, they have kept him on the 90-man roster. Here's a look at the five players - in alphabetical order - and what they could bring to their future pro teams.
    Astros send reliever Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno

    Astros send reliever Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno

    After serving as the closer on the Astros' World Series-winning team a year ago, Giles has struggled mightily in 2018. On Tuesday night against the Oakland Athletics , Giles entered the game in the 9th inning with Houston leading 4-0.
    Kylie Jenner on Forbes cover for richest self-made women

    Kylie Jenner on Forbes cover for richest self-made women

    Forbes conservatively values the company at $US800 million , with an estimated $US330 million in sales previous year . Kylie Cosmetics' overhead costs are very low, Forbes points out, making her profit margin very, very high.
  • Why It's Impossible For Brett Kavanaugh To Make Abortion Illegal

    Why It's Impossible For Brett Kavanaugh To Make Abortion Illegal

    Casey, which upheld large parts of Roe and ruled that states can not impose an "undue burden" on patients seeking abortion. Pence himself inadvertently added to those concerns on Tuesday, when asked whether he still supported overturning Roe v.
    William´s call to England: It´s coming home!

    William´s call to England: It´s coming home!

    Probably nobody would go to work!" Lovren was not impressed when he was reminded of that day by an English reporter. Nowadays you can watch and rewatch every kick, flick and trick from the world's premier football competition.
    England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden, 2-0

    England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden, 2-0

    He came to Russian Federation having only just returned from an operation on a fractured bone in his foot in early March. Neymar has expressed his anguish after Brazil's 2-1 defeat by Belgium on Friday.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.