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Fans in Moscow devastated after England knocked out by Croatia

Fans in Moscow devastated after England knocked out by Croatia”

In 1998 France knocked Croatia out of the World Cup in the semi-final, 20 years later the two nations will meet again, this time in the final.

"All played out": Southgate hugs Pickford amid the mass of gloomy England players and staff, but the i Paper sport section leads on Kane's words rallying his teammates to use the experience as fuel for future tournaments.

England must look to create "an empire" off the back of their surge to the World Cup semi-final having previously been the equivalent of a house "built on sand".

John Stones has been England's third-biggest attacking threat at this World Cup, being on the end of 1.45 xG, and scoring twice from the chances he has had.

They were briefly silenced when Croatia equalised through Ivan Perisic in the middle of the second half.

Croatia's dream goes on while England wake up. One of them was Gareth Southgate, the head coach and manager of the English soccer team.

In a message posted on social media this morning, the Manchester City defender said that he had received many videos and photographs from supporters back in England, and revealed how - just like back in England - it had united the squad more and more.

On the podcast, the panel dissect the game and what England could have done differently.

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals".

"At the moment we all feel the pain of defeat", Southgate said after the loss on Wednesday (NZT Thursday). We have two days to prepare. We did not underestimate them.

"I'm still heartbroken and never felt so gutted".

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy. The only time it happened in Belgian football was in 1986, when we finished fourth". 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".



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