United Kingdom papers salute 'Pride of Lions' after England exit

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

England aren't exactly known for their success in penalty shootouts at a World Cup.

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters.

"I'd be amazed if we didn't learn in the next few days he's (Kane) been carrying an injury since the Colombia game", Neville said on ITV.

England's midfielder Dele Alli (L) and England's midfielder Jesse Lingard (R) react after a missed chance during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

England remain in the tournament and still have to play the third place play-off - dubbed "the game no-one wants to play" against Belgium at 3pm on Saturday, July 14.

Croatia, a country of about 4 million people, came to a standstill as fans watched the game on screens in squares and cafes.

"We'll be ready as a group to go again because the group have huge pride in their performances in the way they work". The scenes in Croatia's capital of Zagreb were astounding.

However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".

Scenes after the game were, perhaps unsurprisingly, more subdued than after the quarter-final win against Sweden.

He has since rediscovered some of his best form in Ligue 1 and made his return to the Italy national team for the first time since 2014, scoring in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in May.

Some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them.

England's valiant effort also drew praise from Britain's Prince William, who said the team's performance gave fans "something to believe in".

The front pages are in stark contrast to how England's performance was portrayed in 2014, when the team were knocked out in the group stages - the first time since 1958.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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