Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

England fans mobilize in their thousands for key World Cup clash

England fans mobilize in their thousands for key World Cup clash

"I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup", Ogunde said.

In the end, neither Croatia nor England was expected to make it this deep into the tournament, but here they are and France is waiting.

England fans around the world launched into wild celebrations but as the game wore on the celebrations turned to commiserations as Croatia first equalised through Ivan Perisic and then Mario Mandzukic scored the match victor in extra time.

From Southgate's perspective, though, a third-placed finish will add to the sense of achievement and pride and at least allow England to leave Russian Federation on the high most will agree they have deserved.

"Did we feel we would be in this position?" I don't think realistically any of us did. "We have to play as if it's the first game of the tournament".

"So, the dressing room and all of the staff is (in) a very hard place at the moment".

"I've got a amusing feeling that the momentum is so good, and, you know, especially now that we're all going to turn up with special Gareth waistcoats, and that can only help can't it", said fan Lee Walkup, 50.

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.

"It's too easy to sometimes move on too quickly".

"I couldn't have asked them to give any more for me or for the country".

Dalic thanked Croatia's fans and players for their efforts in securing this historic win, setting up Sunday's encounter with France - the team that knocked them out of their previous World Cup semi-final in 1998.

He showed it early on in England's World Cup campaign, when he was one of England's standout performers in their opening match, and he showed it 11 years ago, in the Bury Schools' Cup final. 'It's very hard to say anything that will make them feel better in this moment.

But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final. "It's a massive game against Wales but we're confident of getting a win and a place in France next year".

After defeating Sweden in a 2-0 show of force last weekend, the Three Lions qualified for their first semi-final since 1990, but winning against Croatia tonight would've marked the end of an even longer dry run.

We weathered some storms.

"But we are going to discuss France tomorrow".

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