Here's the most painful part of England's World Cup semifinal loss

  • Here's the most painful part of England's World Cup semifinal loss

Here's the most painful part of England's World Cup semifinal loss

With the 2018 World Cup final locked in, France have opened as the favorites over Croatia for Sunday's match.

"A kick in the Balkans": The Metro references Croatia as England's tormentors with a pun but insists Southgate's men are "still our heroes".

England were comfortable winners over Sweden in their last game, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli.

Gareth Southgate's young squad gave their all against Croatia, and they were saluted for their efforts by thousands of England fans in Moscow after the final whistle.

The Croatia defender Domagoj Vida added to the long-standing tensions with a video that was released of him shouting "Glory to Ukraine", after his team had put Russian Federation out on penalties in the quarter-final.

"All played out": Southgate hugs Pickford amid the mass of gloomy England players and staff, but the i Paper sport section leads on Kane's words rallying his teammates to use the experience as fuel for future tournaments.

"Pride of Lions": A more defiant back page insists, "We're coming home but with heads held high" and "our time will come".

In the end, neither Croatia nor England was expected to make it this deep into the tournament, but here they are and France is waiting.

According to OddsShark, Les Bleus are -210 to win their second World Cup title, leaving Croatia as +185 underdogs.

Dalic's side were clearly exhausted, but they managed to fight on to the end of two hours of gripping football to take the country of just over four million people into the final for the first time.

England take on Croatia in the World Cup this evening.

As more players piled on, they crashed into the photographers.

It comes after a season where, despite plenty of criticism, Lovren was part of a Liverpool team that reached the Champions League final. Look at the other teams they'll be up against.

And, despite the cruel ending, history was made. Belgium and England face off in the third-place match after losing in the semifinals. It could be a repeat of that under-strength group game that brought a Belgian victory.

From Southgate's perspective, though, a third-placed finish will add to the sense of achievement and pride and at least allow England to leave Russian Federation on the high most will agree they have deserved.