England Vs Croatia: Three Lions are out of the World Cup

Mario Mandzukic, pictured, scored the winning goal for Croatia against England in extra-time tonight after a hard fought World Cup semi final

England have crashed out of the World Cup at the semi final stage after losing 2-1 to Croatia in extra time in Moscow.
The Three Lions took an early lead through right back Kieran Trippier’s free kick and had chances to double their advantage throughout the first half.
But they were pegged back midway through the second half when Ivan Perisic flicked home a cross with an outstretched boot to make it 1-1.
Croatia had the better of the latter stages and scored again in extra time when striker Mario Mandzukic lashed the ball into the net following some hesitation in England’s defence.   
But the Three Lions were lauded for their efforts at the tournament, with Prince William leading the cheers, saying he ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of the players and added they had ‘made history’.
England’s players fell to their knees in tears at the final whistle while millions of people watching at home were also left weeping after coming so close to getting to the final. 
Manager Gareth Southgate immediately walked onto the pitch and comforted his players after the heart-breaking defeat.
The country came to a stand-still during the evening and fans packed themselves into bars and pubs in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and other major cities and towns.
Gareth Southgate is pictured comforting his England players in Moscow after the Three Lions were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the World Cup semi final
Fans in Bristol held their heads in their hands and wept following England’s defeat to Croatia.
Some threw drinks to the ground and stormed out of Ashton Gate Stadium, though some struck a more conciliatory tone.
Josh Quinn, 22, from Bristol, said: ‘It was a disappointing performance from England.
‘The first half was amazing and the second half was terrible. I feel disappointed but proud.’
Max Pemberton, 24, from Gloucester, had worn a waistcoat to watch the match.
‘I’m devastated,’ he said.
‘They have done so well. I’m devastated for them. It is the first time in our lifetime that we have seen a semi final. I really thought we’d see a final though.’ 
Flat Iron Square: England fans struggled to hide their anguish as the game went to extra time only for Croatia to strike a winner
Football fans failed to hide their disappointment as England crashed out against Croatia in the World Cup semi final

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