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

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

Liverpool legend John Aldridge slated Dejan Lovren ahead of Croatia's World Cup semifinal victory over England.

Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.

But having been just 22 minutes of a first World Cup final since 1966, there is a sense of what might have been for Southgate's youthful squad. I don't know, but I think Southgate thought he would keep faith in a team that had got them this far.

"I can´t ask for more from the players". I thought they played well and made it hard for us. Tonight we weren't quite there. "We left everything out there". Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic rose into the air and with an acrobatic touch off his left foot, drilled the ball into the back of the net.

"Just feel when will it ever be our time?" 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. That is most important for me.

"Players had run out of steam but that´s partly their age - they´re still physically maturing".

Kane shot weakly at Danijel Subasic when through, then forced the rebound against a post and Raheem Sterling was a constant thorn in the Croatia defence, though again his final ball was too often astray.

Before a ball had even been kicked at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, expectations surrounding the England national team were low. It hurts, I don't know what else to say, it hurts.

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Devastated England fans after Croatia scored the winning goal.

England head coach Gareth Southgate, centre, embraces England's Dele Alli at the end of the semifinal loss to Croatia. It's a dream come true for us after such a long time.

Croatia's supporters celebrate the second goal as they watch on a giant screen the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England, at the main square in Zagreb.

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has hit back at England fans who taunted him before they were eliminated from the World Cup. Did we expect to be in this position?

"Normally he would have been forced into a change because someone would get injured but, freakishly, we've had no injuries".

"There will in time be a lot of positives to take", he added.

"The honest thing is it´s not a game any team wants to play", Southgate admitted. "We will give everything and see what happens".

The game went into extra-time but Croatia took the lead with a goal from Mario Mandzukic.

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