Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak


But England's revival under Southgate at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, now just one win away from their first finals appearance since 1966, has shot the song back on to the United Kingdom singles charts, with the line "football's coming home" also becoming the catchphrase of their campaign. "It would have meant everything to win the game and the World Cup".

"We still changed the history of the past 28 years".

"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals". I think England have got a really strong team this year, they are all so young and when you're young, you just go for it and don't worry.

"We deserved to reach the final".

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said their extra-time victory was deserved and his players were not yet finished despite playing a lot of football in the past three rounds.

Yet, here he is fixing every nail in the coffin - the coffin that will bury the past - he is adjoining every English hopes again, preparing his players as they aim their fast shot at glory since 1966. If you didn't already know that then you must've been living under a rock for at least the past four weeks and had no idea that the World Cup is going on and nearly come to an end. "The only disappointment was that we were 1-0 up, and we should have been more".

"Well done England you've done us all proud", she said.

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Parv Moondi, 49, form Norwich, was also among those trudging out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow.

He said: "Well, I think I've said this before, but I was not a renowned fashion icon throughout my playing career, so it's rather odd to feel that way now".

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

"I'm completely devastated at the result, more than I thought I would be", he said.

England scored early in its semifinal matchup against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup.

England was last at this stage in 1990, when they lost to West Germany on penalties in that famous game when midfielder Paul Gascoigne was left in tears after being booked.

With three straight extra-time matches, Croatia has played the equivalent a full 90-minute match more than France has through six games in Russian Federation.