Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak

Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak

"After 1998 [when Croatia lost to France in the semifinals], this is the best team for Croatia at a World Cup, and I believe they will win in the final".

"I thought that we absolutely played them out the game in the first half".

Croatia has never advanced to the championship match.

The World Cup in Russian Federation has thrown up some stunning twists, turns and shocks, so it's perhaps fitting that its final game will feature the smallest nation to appear in the last stage of the tournament since 1950.

Jeff Peard was cheering for England, and said the atmosphere in Winston's, especially during a big moment for England, made it a good place to watch game.

The Croats, who play France on Sunday, fought back to beat England 2-1 after extra time, securing a first World Cup final appearance. England have this young team that they can massively build on.

Deschamps also suggested in his post-semifinal comments that the French side might have another gear to reach in the final.

A packed stadium provided an intense World Cup atmosphere for the game, after thousands of England and Croatia fans had flown into the Russian capital.

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I was out and about around the grounds and you could tell when England had scored and it was lovely, it was wonderful. The players [at the World Cup] are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon!

A win for England would help erase World Cup futility.

"When you get to this stage of the competition, the margins are fine. they've taken two of their (chances) and we weren't able to respond".

"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said, via Reuters.

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Last night in Russia, France punched their ticket to the World Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Belgium.

"The players and the squad, everybody involved in the World Cup, have a reason to come back home with pride after giving everything and making the country proud".

Many fans had tears in their eyes and were too upset to talk after the final whistle - but other pockets of the crowd hid their sadness to applaud the Three Lions.

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