first_imgEngland’s World Cup dream came to a sad end on Wednesday as Croatia won 2-1 in the semi-final to qualify for their maiden final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time to take Croatia through and they will now face France in the summit clash on July 15.England will no longer be able to chant, “It’s coming home”, any more as their valiant effort went in vain.Croatia reach maiden World Cup final, to play France on July 15It was Kieran Trippier who put the Three Lions ahead in the fifth minute but the lead was cancelled out by Andre Perisic in the 68th minute.World Cup 2018 Semi-Final HighlightsAs the game moved to extra-time, both teams failed to create chances. There was no change to the scoreline in the first half but Mandzukic reacted quickly to a pass from Perisic and he netted it in as Jordan Pickford looked on helplessly in the 109th minute as Croatia became the first side in the tournament’s history to qualify from three successive games of extra-time.Also read – Croatian president parties with Modric’s team in dressing roomCroatia became only the second team to take their match to extra-time for the third consecutive time.Before Wednesday’s match, they had defeated Denmark 3-2 via penalties in the round-of-16 and then went onto beat Russia 4-3 via shootout in two nail-biting fixtures. The only other team to do so was England in 1990.advertisementEngland fans were left heartbroken after the match and took to social media to express their disappointment at the result.It’s not coming home.But we are.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 11, 2018OK, I’ve stopped wailing.Gareth Southgate & his young England team did the country proud.We went a lot further than I thought we would & performed with great credit on & off the pitch.Losing sucks but the future looks very exciting with this talented group of players. End. Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 11, 2018Gutted. Massive well done to all the lads who have done us all proud, keep your heads held high. This is a great young team with a big big futureWayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) July 11, 2018#CRO WIN! @HNS_CFF are in the #WorldCupFinal! #CROENG // #WorldCup World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 11, 2018Wasn’t to be this time but it’s been a great journey that’s made the country proud. We’ll be flying the flag on Saturday. #ThreeLions #CROENGTheresa May (@theresa_may) July 11, 2018Incredibleeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! #proud #WorldCup #CROENGMarin Cilic (@cilic_marin) July 11, 2018The fans who were crying on this train are now bravely patting each others hands and listing various people who arent to blame. Dont blame Harry. Dont blame Gareth. Its nobodys fault. I swear, I dont care much about football but this *does* make me proud of us. #ENGCROLaurie Penny (@PennyRed) July 11, 2018Whats coming home is an enourmous amount of honour and pride. The #England team did amazing throughout the tournament! The boys have made so many of us incredibly proud! Thanks for all the memories lads! #ENGCROAli Official (@AliOfficialUK) July 11, 2018To everyone who supported us.To everyone who believed this time was different.To everyone who wasn’t afraid to dream.To everyone who knows this is only the beginning.Thank you. We hope we made you proud. #threelions (@England) July 11, 2018Proud of the lads, they gave absolutely everything #ThreeLionsJames Milner (@JamesMilner) July 11, 2018If anyone has anything negative to say about this @England team or individuals keep your tweets to yourself. Nobody would have thoughts they’d be where they are or achieved what they have and they’ve made everyone proud so get behind them and show love not hate #threelionsDaniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) July 11, 2018#ENG came to Russia 2018 with the objective of putting pride back into the shirt, inspiring their supporters and uniting the country. They achieved all this, as the most inexperienced #WorldCup side, and can still finish third.Be proud, #ThreeLions James, FIFA (@FIFAWorldCupENG) July 11, 2018Far exceeded expectations. Well done @England and well done @GarethSouthgate you have been brilliant. Given us great entertainment and found a system and given us hope. #threelions #RussiaWorldCup2018Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 11, 2018Thank you #England. You gave us one hell of a World Cup. Londons proud of you tonight. #ThreeLionsMayor of London (@MayorofLondon) July 11, 2018Never been more proud of being English never seen the whole country united behind a 23 man squad + staff as much as this ..what a tournament #threelionsadvertisementAdam Campbell (@adamcampbell_) July 11, 2018last_img

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