Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak

It was the first time England had reached a semi-final in the World Cup since 1990.

The most-cherished national team memory remains the 1966 World Cup final victory at Wembley over West Germany, a demarcation point in the island's history as much as 1066 (the Norman invasion) and 1707 (union with Scotland).

From one group of Lions to another, this is exactly the type of breakthrough that fans in Detroit are patiently waiting and hoping for.

The England squad trusted him, they trusted his ideas and they believed in him.

When those players start moving towards the Under-21s and senior global sides in the future, they will only strengthen the senior team and carry on the winning mentality.

Given the age we're living in, it didn't take long for the trolls to begin doling out abuse on social media to the players they unfairly felt let the country down.

"I just feel so disappointed". He wants them to keep pushing, no matter where it ends. "Only great teams can be as courageous as we were and fight back from a goal down against teams like England", Mandzukic said.

This time around, we could see the stars play, or we could see some more reserves to get some guys some minutes, and that makes picking here hard.

"It's been great to get to this stage but we wanted to go on and win it".

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit. When asked by reporters if the trophy was coming home, Prince Harry replied with the succinct but assured words -"most definitely".

They have had one more day to recover than us and we have had three games in a row that have gone to extra time.

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday.

Gary Neville thought Kane played like he was injured and suggested it might soon come out the England striker hurt himself before the game. "I don't think realistically we expected to be here".

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