Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

Brenda Watkins
July 12, 2018

After a goalless first 15 minutes of extra-time, and penalties looking like a big possibility, it was Croatia that ended England's dream of World Cup glory when Mario Mandzukic crept it at the far post to fire home what would ultimately be the victor.

But Zlatko Dalić's side fought back through Ivan Perisic, before Mario Mandzukic netted the victor in extra-time.

The players meet again on Wednesday when Croatia and England clash and, with a place in the World Cup final at stake, there is no better time and chance for Lovren to finally redeem himself.

Croatia is trolling the England national soccer team after dumping it out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in heartbreaking fashion.

"The all-round perception was that this is a new-look England who have changed their ways of punting long-balls upfield", Vrsaljko said.

Croatia was supposed to be a exhausted team coming into the match.

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Argentina was hit with the biggest fine of the tournament when it was fined $105K over fans who hurled projectiles and made anti-gay chants. Midfielder Perisic was outstanding in the second half and caused England no end of problems.

Raheem Sterling was a key player for England in Russian Federation despite his lack of goals. "It's been a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone else thought we would have", he added. I think everyone will want to play but the gaffer will make a decision but yeah we're extremely proud of what we've achieved and we know we've restored some pride in the shirt back home as well. The 2018 vintage will get their chance to avenge that loss but they had been pushed to the limit with all three of their knockout games going into extra-time. "We can mix our sadness that they fell short with a genuine hope that this summer of love under a manager who has surpassed all expectations was more than just a quick fling".

France can be crowned world champions for the second time in their history on Sunday and now lead the Euro 2020 betting at 4/1 (5.0).

England players were inconsolable at the final whistle as it began to sink in that the World Cup was not "coming home" and Balotelli appeared to revel in their misery.

France reached the final for the third time in their history on Tuesday when a second-half header from Samuel Umtiti gave the 1998 champions a 1-0 victory against Belgium in Saint Petersburg. "Get out on the pitch and then talk, that's what we did".

However, this time he was far more direct, playing on the last shoulder of the Croatian backline and zooming off towards goal rather than retreating away from it.

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