England's Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title


England's Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

England's World Cup dream is over and while the right fans are focusing on the future of the very young squad which Gareth Southgate has at his disposal, there are some who chose to react to the Three Lions' semi-final defeat to Croatia by lashing out at the players who underperformed on Wednesday night.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, left, is beaten by a header from France's Samuel Umtiti for the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday.

A stunning free kick from Kieran Trippier put England 1-0 up within the first five minutes.

However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the past two weeks. But the Blazers weren't done.

England fans around the world launched into wild celebrations but as the game wore on the celebrations turned to commiserations as Croatia first equalised through Ivan Perisic and then Mario Mandzukic scored the match victor in extra time.

England got off to a hot start in its World Cup semifinal match against Croatia on Wednesday. "It hurts. I don't know what else to say. We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".

Very early on, oddsmakers had the French as the favorites in Sunday's World Cup final.

"We played better than we did against Argentina".

"This team have taken us to a place we never thought we'd ever imagine we'd get to".

Their next game, the last of this year's World Cup, will undoubtedly be the biggest sporting moment in the history of Croatia since becoming an independent nation in 1991.

"England players have restored national pride and will return home as national treasures", Sky reported.

"It hurts, it hurts a lot".

MLS gives us finishes this silly seemingly on the regular, so why does it surprise us when they arrive on our doorstep? They faced Colombia, Sweden and Croatia in the knockout phase, all good teams but none of them a traditional power like Germany or Italy or Brazil, let alone France or Uruguay.

He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".