Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

  • Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

The fact that this particular England team is the one to reach the semi-finals and not the so-called "Golden Generation" of Lampard/Beckham/Gerrard/Rooney/Scholes etc.is, perhaps, an intriguing one for England fans but suggests that this group is far more of a unit than previous incarnations of the Three Lions.

Croatia broke English hearts, coming from 1-0 down to beat the Three Lions 2-1 in extra-time and advance to the World Cup final for the first time.

But there were stunned reactions as Croatia scored the equaliser through Ivan Perisic.

Elspeth Patient, 34, who is originally from Milton Keynes but now lives in Los Angeles, said: "It's been unbelievable, it's been such an incredible time for England".

Even with all of the talent that Croatia and England have stocked in their respective national teams, their appearance in the World Cup semifinal is nothing short of astounding.

Kane should have scored a second, somehow hitting the post from a matter of yards out.

Southgate may never have to buy a beer in England again, but if he gets the team into the final and then wins the whole thing, he will be hailed as the new messiah. They should have killed the contest when they had the chance.

"The general all-round perception was that this is a new-look England who have changed their ways of punting long balls upfield but when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't", Croatia full back Sime Vrsaljko said. Croatia had been desperately poor but started to get a foothold in the game as the match rolled past the hour mark and Luka Modric's influence grew.

"Croatia have world-class players like Modric, Rakitic and Mandzukic, players who are playing in the top clubs".

The former defender suffered disappointment when England last reached the last four of a major tournament, missing the crucial spot-kick as Terry Venables's men bowed out of Euro '96 in a penalty shootout. Subs: Rashford 5, Rose 5, Vardy 5, Dier 5.

The much younger, faster and less worn out looking England side continued to cause Croatia problems going forward and also doubled their lead but a great Danijel Subasic save kept it at 1-0. Incredible! They have the lead within five minutes.

Chris Waddle then sent his effort high over the bar to send West Germany through to the final and leave England's Paul Gascoigne in tears. How has that not ended up in the back of the net. Kane threaded out to Alli, who found Lingard in the centre, but he couldn't wrap his foot around the shot.

The contribution of Raheem Sterling remains a polarizing debate in England with the Manchester City player without a goal for his country since October, 2015 but Southgate says the forward's contribution in Russian Federation has been essential. Croatia within inches of taking the lead.

"I think Raheem has been fundamental to the way that we have played - his movement, the positions he takes up, his pressing of the ball, his work-rate for the team, the winning of free-kicks and corners, his speed to stretch teams". But while it beat goalkeeper, it didn't beat the post!

109' GOAL! Croatia 2-1 England: Maaaaaaandzukic!

With England barely clinging on in the latter stages, Jordan Pickford saved a shot from Mario Mandzukic. It looks like his groin has gone and he is hobbling towards the England dugout.

Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute.

Kieran Trippier's goal was the earliest in a World Cup semi-final since 1958.