Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

England manager Gareth Southgate admitted that the World Cup third/fourth place playoff is a game no one wants to play in after his team lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semifinals in Russian Federation.

No matter what friends, family and fans are still proud following the World Cup heartbreak.England heroes consoled by team mates and family alike.

But even though England are out, they've still had an incredible tournament. Either football is one step closer to "coming home" for England, or, as the first verse tells it, "Everyone seems to know the score, they've seen it all before/ They just know, they're so sure/ That England's gonna throw it away, gonna blow it away".

They had only previously been in the World Cup semi-finals in 1966, when they won the title on home soil, and 1990 so Southgate said he was trying to balance his pride in his young team with remembering how rare such chances are.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half, bottle jobs".

But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final.

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Open runner-up, is now looking good going into the semifinal against either Canada's Milos Raonic or U.S. competitor John Isner . Isner hit 25 aces, saved the only break point he faced, and has won all 95 of his service games in the tournament.

"This will hurt for a while but we can hold our heads up, it's been a fantastic journey but we've got to learn from it and take what we can".

"It's the beginning of something, it's a special time but I've got Stuart Pearce's very wise words ringing in my ears from Euro 1996 when he said "this will never happen again, enjoy it while you can".

"I don't want them to lose, I don't want it to be a draw".

"Fair enough they are a young team but they needed to turn up tonight". As the Standard reports, Prince William will be joined by members of the royal family as he is set to watch the game at his official Kensington Palace residence.

England will face Belgium for the third place play-off match on Saturday at 3pm. "I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world".

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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