27 million viewers watch England in World Cup semi-final

27 million viewers watch England in World Cup semi-final

Prince William led the tributes to England's beaten World Cup heroes after their extraordinary efforts in Russian Federation.

"You can't win the big trophies, you can't dominate football matches, you can't put yourself in a position where you are not giving the ball away unless you've got good players in midfield who can keep the ball".

That the nation will be backing them to gain revenge for the World Cup semi-final loss to France in 1998 is without question, as is the fact that there will once again be an army of fans decked out in red and white checks at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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But a second-half goal from Ivan Perisic and an extra-time victor from Mario Mandzukic ended England's dream of reaching the final and winning a second World Cup for their country.

Football fans in Reading had a traumatic evening as they went through all the emotions as England crashed out of the World Cup.

Former players and staff have also posted a series of positive messages after England's run came to an end.

"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final", he said.

I said this in the group stages and I'm thinking, quarter-finals England will get knocked out. I don't know of a smaller country in a World Cup final. I've looked at it every day since - and it was the first thing I looked at when we got back this morning. But once you're here and played as well as we did, you want to take those opportunities in life.

Southgate was reluctant to draw any positives from England's World Cup experience so soon after the crushing loss to Croatia, but said there obviously were many high points and pointed to a bright future for his young, talented squad after their success in Russian Federation.