Kane says England defeat will hurt for a long time

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

"There was a spell in the second half where they got the goal and their tails were up and we really had to weather the storm and lost our way a little bit".

"A couple of weeks ago, I would have taken this result", said one man in a red England shirt who declined to give his name.

England's players, like the stars of the Italia 90 semi-final penalty shootout defeat to West Germany before them, now face a third place play-off against Belgium but it is unclear how many fans will remain behind to cheer them on to the very end.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces. "I never thought we'd see the scenes in the fan parks", he said.

MOSCOW, July 12 ― England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia will hurt for a long time, striker Harry Kane said after their 2-1 extra-time defeat today. In a lot of games it's small margins and it went their way today.

The English national team struck first scoring on a curling free kick in the 5th minute by the boot of Kieran Trippier that sent fans back home into a frenzy.

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Once again they found themselves behind as Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute free-kick had put England ahead. This is the youngest English side in years and I think they'll do very well against Croatia ".

At this year's World Cup, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play. It's a great foundation we have built over the last couple of years with the gaffer, and we've just got to carry that on. England coach Gareth Southgate all but conceded he wanted to lose that one so as to avoid a harder route to the semifinal, and his strategy worked, right up until Croatia's Mario Mandzukic beat England 'keeper Jordan Pickford in the 109th minute Wednesday night.

"Well done Croatia. You were better than us", he posted.

Ultimately, their supporters have been England's motivation for success, and as the thousands joyfully celebrated Trippier's goal from a direct free-kick (the first from an England player since David Beckham's against Ecuador in 2006), the feeling was that the nation had rediscovered its heady passion for global football, not felt in nearly thirty years.

England's shock run to the last four has captured the nation, and after easing past Sweden with a 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon, they now take on Zlatko Dalic's Croatia in Moscow.

Phillip Schofield praised the team for what they had achieved and for uniting people. The Croatians had enough left in the tank to put away England, but France have been the strongest team in the tournament.

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