Kyle Walker posts emotional message to nation after World Cup exit

Tanya Simon
July 12, 2018

Croatia stunned England in the 109th minute of the first extra time period when Mario Mandzukic slipped behind the defense and poked a shot past the keeper to put his team up 2-1 for good. "You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said. They are a top-drawer team with fantastic players. But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life.

"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

With the 2018 World Cup final locked in, France have opened as the favorites over Croatia for Sunday's match.

He said: "It feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game".

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead. My players push me, they are mentally stronger than me.

"I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup", added Ogunde. "It's a bit too early after that defeat to think about it". It's clear to everybody the progress that's been made in terms of the level of performance and togetherness of the group. The whole thing is beyond where we thought we might go. "We've proved to ourselves and our country that is possible".

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England captain Kane told ITV Sport: "It's tough".

"I'd need to look back again at it".

"He was carrying something in the second half against Colombia, he wasn't moving around".

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It's the second time the two teams have met at the tournament and the second time that the outcome of their match will be relatively inconsequential. "I can't ask more of him as a captain or as a man over the last three weeks".

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