Photographer unwittingly becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

When heartbroken English fans wake up Thursday morning after a long night of crying into their pints, the most hard part of their grief to digest following the Three Lions' 2-1 extra-time loss to Croatia in the World Cup semifinals Wednesday in Moscow will be the unshakable feeling that England had this one in the bag.

"We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don't have a proper stadium to play that game".

"England fans in Hyde Park waste about $10,000 in beer on team's first goal against Croatia", suggested one sports reporter while tweeting out the clip.

Croatia won all three of their group stage games before needing penalties to overcome Denmark and Russian Federation and setup Wednesday's semi with England.

MOSCOW, July 12 ― England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia will hurt for a long time, striker Harry Kane said after their 2-1 extra-time defeat today.

And Kieran Trippier, arguably England's player of the tournament so far, scored an absolute peach.

The aura around England could not be more different to the stale, disunited air that accompanied them away from France two years ago.

Croatia last reached the semis of a World Cup in 1998 and the moment wasn't lost on the Inter Milan man.

England's match in Moscow on Wednesday night will be for a place in the World Cup final against France on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Southgate believes his side will not face an easy route to get there.

"I'd be amazed if he doesn't come out in the next few days or week and something emerges about his fitness". Now is the time to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a little bit more over the next couple of days.

When England don't have the ball, they struggle against teams who are comfortable with it.

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it". They won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out.

England must now rouse themselves for the finale of the third-placed play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday.

"Hold your heads high": The Telegraph focuses on the positives of England's run and Kane's insistence that "this is just the start".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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