Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

England fans react to Croatia goal and match heads into extra time

England fans react to Croatia goal and match heads into extra time

Kane is every defender's nightmare and, with six goals to his name at the tournament, the Englishman is raring to go as the Three Lions look to win their second ever World Cup.

"They'll be the best team we've played in terms of what they're capable of doing with the ball, and what their individuals are capable of, definitely", he said (via Sky Sports).

Trippier gave England a dream start, curling in a free-kick from 25 yards past the despairing dive of Danijel Subasic after Dele Alli was brought down in a central position.

Kieran Trippier had given England the lead by scoring from a free kick in the fifth minute.

England players were shattered at the result.

It relates to the chanting of "no surrender" by England fans and other potentially discriminatory songs.

"We're gutted. It hurts, it hurts a lot", Kane said after the match at the Luzhniki Stadium.

England looked at their best and most threatening when Sterling was zipping around up front, yet they struggled to get him involved in the second half as Croatia's all-star midfield belatedly took control of proceedings.

"After such a long time we are in the final, the biggest success in Croatian sporting history".

"After the experiences of the matches with Colombia and Sweden and the whole thing, it's probably beyond where we thought we might be able to go, so tonight in the end, we weren't quite there". It's been a fantastic journey.

"I think in the first half we were really good and maybe we could have got another goal", Southgate told ITV.

"It's been great to get to this stage and we know we've done everyone proud but we wanted to go on and win it", Kane added.

"I'm still not entirely convinced by him and would suggest he is still an accident waiting to happen if the right buttons are pushed and enough pressure is applied".

But it was Croatia who struck in the 109th minute when Perisic won a header on the edge of the box and the ball dropped for Mandzukic whose firm low finish beat Pickford.

"We all feel the pain of the defeat".

Talk about the potential rule loophole started after Portugal's Jose Fonte strangely chose to stay in the field of play while the rest of his team celebrated Cristiano Ronaldo's equaliser against Spain off the pitch.

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

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