England Fan Says He Has 'No Regrets' Over 'World Cup Winners' Tattoo

England Fan Says He Has 'No Regrets' Over 'World Cup Winners' Tattoo

Despite taking an early lead, Croatia made it 2-1 in extra time where they secured a place in the final.

England were knocked out of the World Cup on Thursday morning (AEST) after a 2-1 semi-final loss to Croatia, one game short of securing a historic berth in the tournament final.

England's players have been described as "heroes" and "national treasures" by the Daily Mirror while the Daily Express thanked the team for their efforts. The fairytale continues for Zlatko Dalic's team, which has once again shown its indomitable character.

"It was a song I couldn't listen to for 20 years, so it has a slightly different feel and it's nice to see people enjoying it slightly differently", he told a news conference at Luzhniki Stadium.

But Raj Singh, a Canadian who supports England because he has relatives in Britain, said the team may have passed up their best opportunity in a lifetime to reach a World Cup final.

'In the second half we had to weather the storm a bit.

"I'm completely devastated at the result, more than I thought I would be", he said. But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

With such a modest population, they are the smallest country to get to a World Cup final since Uruguay back in 1950, and in the modern game it is a staggering achievement. "We've been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, but we were never quite sure how far this team could go".

England boss Gareth Southgate found himself talking about rubber chickens and waistcoats as he finalised his plans for the World Cup semi-final showdown with Croatia.

It meant another World Cup semifinal heartbreaker for England, only this time the game was under control before it was lost. They're playing even better than I expected - getting a score in the first five minutes was cracking.

The Times features scenes from the semi-final match with the headline "Pride of Lions", while the paper's front page leads with Donald Trump's calls for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double their defence spending.