Gary Neville hails England for exceeding expectations despite World Cup heartbreak

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

The dozens of fans on hand were lively through the nail-biting match but ended on a quiet note, as Croatia earned a 2-1 win in overtime to move on to the World Cup Final.

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

And, specifically for the crowds back in England, it was a chance to fling all those pints of beer high overhead.

"Croatia have some hardened warriors that are mentally strong in their decision making and in their understanding of the matches, at times that came to the fore".

CROATIA is going nuts about their team's appearance in the World Cup semi-finals - but one group of fans had particular reason to celebrate during their penalty shootout win over Russian Federation.

"I'm remarkably proud of the group of players - the reaction of the supporters compared to two years ago shows the country are proud of the way we played", Southgate said.

Croatia defeated England 2-1 thanks to Mario Mandzukic's winning goal in extra time.

Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes.

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England fans in London react to key match moments in the World Cup semifinal loss to Croatia. Today, England and Croatia will do battle for the right to face the Frenchmen on Sunday in the last game of the tournament. If I'm honest, I don't think there are many England players who would get into this Croatian team.

"Whether we win or lose, we're creating history", he said.

"As I know, when you work overseas, you feel your country in a different way".

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".

"You all just said to them, "Just do what you can", but now even you are hoping that it can come home, yeah?"

But Croatia spoiled the party at the 2018 World Cup semifinals.

Many fans had tears in their eyes and were too upset to talk after the final whistle - but other pockets of the crowd hid their sadness to applaud the Three Lions.

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