England captain Harry Kane hurt by loss to Croatia

England captain Harry Kane hurt by loss to Croatia

England´s midfielder Jordan Henderson (L), England´s coach Gareth Southgate (C) and England´s defender Phil Jones react after losing the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

However, it wasn't to be as Croatia's experience showed and Mario Mandzukic scored an extra-time victor to send them to a first ever World Cup final - Ivan Perisic had equalised for Croatia in the second half of normal time. Croatia will now face France in the finals that is slated to be held on July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium, Russia. "The players have to go through big matches and experiences to become a team that can win", he said. "I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possible game I can play in the times I have been selected".

Only a few months ago, many fans who had witnessed England's turgid embarrassments at the last four big tournaments were telling us: "No one cares about England".

"I spoke to him last night after the game and I said to him: 'Look".

Gareth Southgate's men huffed and puffed, but couldn't find the equalizer and as a result, were denied a chance of making their first ever FIFA World Cup final appearances since 1966.

"The fans are excited to watch us again and that is how we have to keep it".

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When asked to explain the reason behind Croatia's comeback, Dalić speaking to Sky Sports said: "Because we were the better team in all segments of the game". In the end England managed only 1 shot on goal and just didn't do enough to book a place in the finals.

Despite the disappointment that comes with defeat, the supporters are proud of the team.

Harry Kane looks set to claim the Golden Boot as the World Cup´s leading scorer, but the Tottenham star rarely looked like adding to his six goals against Croatia.

Kane believes the future is bright.

Mandzukic scored in extra time to make it Croatia 2-1 England. "No country on earth would call that anything other than improvement".

After comfortably negotiating the group stages - the only blemish being a defeat to Belgium in a meaningless fixture where both sides rested key players - England ended their traditional penalty shootout woes by defeating Colombia 4-3 via that method.

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