England set World Cup set-piece record

Supporters of team England gather in Red Square

The Three Lions have failed to make it through to the final of the World Cup after losing 2-1 to Croatia on Wednesday night.

The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game.

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Granted, Croatia are no strangers to chasing the game.

Asked what is was all about, a slightly bemused Southgate said: "That's exactly what I asked our fitness coach a well, 'What is that all about?'".

Despite taking the lead early in the first half on Wednesday, England suffered the familiar story of World Cup heartbreak as Croatia equalised in the second half and then claimed the victor in the second period of extra time.

Two teams remain in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.

"Thanks to the England team, and manager, for giving us this handsome World Cup run", he said.

Politicians also added their praise, with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting: "A heartbreaking way to go out but won't forget what a great tournament it's been for England".

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement.

The first half of Wednesday's game had Croatia lagging behind 0-1 after a goal from England's Kevin Trippier only five minutes in.

Kane struggled to make an impact on the game, and the captain was nearly lost for words in the minutes after the end of the game as England's dream came to an end. However, Ivan Perišić scored a stunning goal in the 68th minute when he flicked the ball in past English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with an outstretched foot to equalise with England.

"If we'd got that goal before half-time or in the first 15 minutes of the second half you might have the opportunity to win the game".

Since this is his last World Cup, given his age, I'm very glad he's among the last four at the World Cup, but all the other players are putting in that effort. The 2018 World Cup has shown that this isn't just a pipe-dream - England might actually, finally, pull it off.

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