Croatia Beat England To Enter World Cup Finals For The First Time

Ruben Holloway
July 16, 2018

On Wednesday night, England were knocked out of the World Cup, after losing 2-1 to Croatia.

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"I have got to say the players are incredible, they are an absolute pleasure to work with", Southgate said.

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"In terms of mentality it's obviously been a really hard couple of days for us", he said, revealing there would be some changes for the Belgium game. We should have killed the game even before extra-time.

"I am immensely proud by the way the players have played and we can see by the reaction of the supporters, they felt the same".

"And we have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that".

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England had taken the lead in Moscow thanks to Kieran Trippier's free kick after just five minutes, which was the fourth fastest semifinal goal in World Cup history, although some way behind Arne Nyberg's 38-second effort for Sweden against Hungary in 1958.and Sweden didn't make it to the final either.

"But equally we want to be a team that are hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that is what we have aimed to do in the long term". We have proved to ourselves and our country that it is possible.

Southgate has become something of a national treasure after breathing new life into the team following the disastrous performance at Euro 2016 in France.

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"Many of our players have come of age on the global stage".

He added on Thursday afternoon: "To see scenes we've witnessed over the past month means everything to us as players and staff".

Southgate said of the crushing defeat to Croatia: "We knew the team we brought was the most inexperienced team in the competition and the only way we're going to boost that is by playing in more tournament games".

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"This is an fantastic achievement for us - it's a dream come true after such a long time". We have the chance to win a medal at the World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.

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