Kane ‘gutted’ as England’s World Cup dream dies

12 Juillet, 2018, 11:41 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Southgate's men were then beaten in the semi-final at the Luzhniki - Croatia running out 2-1 winners after the teams were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Defender Kieran Trippier put Gareth Southgate's squad ahead just five minutes in with yet another a goal from a set piece, a direct free kick that settled into the top right corner of Danijel Subasic's net.

"We've always watched the England games in Penticton, and we got thrown out of a pub a couple of years ago for singing too much".

But there were stunned reactions as Croatia scored the equaliser through Ivan Perisic.

Private jets and charter planes were hired, the gloriously ornate corridors and giant escalators of this city's famous Metro system were suddenly filled with familiar songs and England's white shirts.

"It's tough, we're gutted", Kane said. "Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them". And it nearly happened early in the extra session when John Stones rose to meet a corner kick, only for Vrsaljko to clear the goal-bound header off the line.

Many England fans were waiting for the result of the semi-final before shelling out.

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Yet while it was complete focus on the job in hand as the players prepared for what is the most high-pressure game of their worldwide careers, the relaxed vibe surrounding the England base camp in Repino remained.

"It was an experience for us and one we wanted to win", said Pickford, who allowed only six goals across all of England's six matches. Croatia deserved the victory. Luka Modric and Co. will be a formidable opponent for France.

The years of hurt will go on - and for all the optimism raised by England's deeds in Russian Federation over the last month, there will be a burning sense of missed opportunity that will take a long time to erase. There are a lot of ifs and buts, in these games it's small margins.

The dwindling glass half-empty crowd will tell you Raheem Sterling does not take his chances, they will point to his England goals record and complain his end product is not good enough.

When England don't have the ball, they struggle against teams who are comfortable with it. They're a likable group with a likable manager, and they can really play. These Lions have more technical ability and less ego than any English team in memory, and that includes the side that lost a semi on penalties to West Germany in 1990. Southgate has done well to mask his team's flaws and give them a renewed sense of confidence and identity, but the problems that cost them against Croatia were the same that nearly handed victory to Colombia in the round of 16.

It was the plucky South Americans' second World Cup title, with the first coming on home soil in the inaugural edition in 1930.

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