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Jo Caldwell
July 13, 2018

Trippier, the England goal-scorer, was injured in the second overtime and could only watch from the bench as the clock ran on England's dream of returning to the World Cup final for the first time since 1966.

Powell fully expected England to get knocked out at the quarter-final stage, but instead they're just two wins away from achieving the feat. Mario Mandzukic scored a poacher's goal in the 109th minute, latching onto Perišić's flick to put Croatia ahead and into their first ever World Cup final.

Fans stationed behind the goal roared as a young boy wearing the Peresic name ran a scintillating line from nearly halfway to score in a packed away net. In truth the reaction to England's semi-final loss has been notable for it's even-handedness, reflectiveness and dare we suggest it, even mild positivity, after what was in reality a campaign that largely exceeded expectations. "There's so many things to build on now and we've got to make sure we do that".

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

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"We can be proud and we'll be back".

Loud cheers rang out after each goal, fans waved the red, white and blue national flag, and after the final whistle Croatian TV showed wild celebrations breaking out in towns and cities.

The rest of us must also recognise how successful these players can be - those who became used to winning with the Under 21s and the age groups below that.

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Piers Morgan said: "OK, I've stopped wailing. They let their hair down and I approved that because we have been in isolation for 50 days".

Prince William led the tributes to England's beaten World Cup heroes after their extraordinary efforts in Russian Federation. "I think he has been the player of the tournament regardless of the result on Sunday". They have given us so much to shout about.

Captain Kane admits England may have missed a golden chance to win the World Cup after being given a favourable draw in a tournament where so numerous traditionally strong nations fell by the wayside.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.

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