England fan Joe Bass reflects on World Cup semi-final heart-ache

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Aiming a shot at the second World Cup triumph, Gareth Southgate's wards fell short despite taking a fifth minute lead through Keiran Trippier.

They had only previously been in the World Cup semi-finals in 1966, when they won the title on home soil, and 1990 so Southgate said he was trying to balance his pride in his young team with remembering how rare such chances are.

Both Croatia and England had their local fans behind them with each side dressed head to toe in their team's colours.

"We, as a team, have made incredible progress and probably got to a stage where at the start of the tournament we would have considered a success".

Number 10 is to discuss the move with the FA after Theresa May heaped praise on England manager Gareth Southgate after the team's thrilling World Cup run.

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"If I'm honest, before the tournament I didn't expect them to do so well but we always want them to progress as far as they can".

"To celebrate, Pizza Hut Delivery is excited to gift our old acquaintance Gareth Southgate free pizza for life - something we hope he can share and enjoy with his team upon returning to the United Kingdom!" "There is an energy and connection back".

We'll have to see how the teams look when starting lineups post, but for a second time this cup, Belgium is the favorite against England and should continue to be, unless Belgium rests its stars and England players its big boys. "He is a great player for us and we are happy with the way he is playing".

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus.

As on Wednesday after the match, Dalic pointed out that Croatia did not have a stadium suitable to host England in the new Nations League later this year, an issue that he viewed as proof of the extraordinary feat he had orchestrated.

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"For me Nole is a fantastic athlete but even more a fantastic person".

"Olivier has done a lot for the team", Matuidi said.

"I don't think you can put it into words... the feeling this comes once in a lifetime, if not two lifetimes. I don't think realistically any of us did", he said.

I'm sure the players will be disappointed not to have reached the final, but there is so much to be hopeful about for the future.

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