England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit

Jul 13, 2018, 02:55
England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit

It stayed level at 90 minutes, meaning Croatia faced extra time for the third successive game, having got past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties.

"I'm sure this World Cup is ours", Robin from Cambridge says whilst her friends lavish praise on Harry Kane.

Not since the European Championships of 1996 had England reached the semi-final stage of any major football tournament and it was the first time they had made it that far in the World Cup since 1990.

Right now, individual awards may mean little to Kane - but his manager, England boss Gareth Southgate, believes the entire team can feel proud of what they accomplished in Russian Federation.

Lovren played alongside Sterling for a season at Anfield and he bore the expression of someone who had been skinned by him once or twice before in training when he was beaten in a footrace by the touchline before ultimately committing a foul on England's No.10.

Before a ball had even been kicked at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, expectations surrounding the England national team were low.

The defeat will be hard to digest for England, who have won many admirers for their run to the semifinals and must have felt they were on the verge of the final when they were in front.

Having gone into extra time and penalties in their previous two games ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, Modric said there was an assumption that the Croatian team would be exhausted, giving England the advantage.

England surprisingly looked subdued during a poor second half performance and they were indeed made to pay for their earlier missed chances when Ivan Perisic got on the end of a superb cross into the box to bring Croatia level with just over 20 minutes remaining.

England players collapsed on the pitch, distraught as the Croatians and their fans celebrated wildly, . "They have to use this experience for benefit and I know that what´s happened over the last few weeks will make them a stronger team". "It's been a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone else thought we would have", he added.

But the bottom line is they will now be facing France in the final: not England. Not only did he equalise with a courageous piece of finishing, he took full advantage of Walker's poor headed clearance to flick a header on for Mandzukic to swoop in and send Croatia to the final.

Croatia will take on France in the final on Sunday.

England had got off to a flying start when Trippier curled a superb free kick into the top corner.

The Three Lions managed their 1-0 lead for more than an hour of playing time.