Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup

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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. He returned Wednesday to cheer on Croatia with almost 500 of his closest friends.

The dwindling glass half-empty crowd will tell you Raheem Sterling does not take his chances, they will point to his England goals record and complain his end product is not good enough.

That's proved to be the case, although they have relied on large part on grit and determination to see them through the knockout stages, beating Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties before seeing off England in extra time.

Even after saying that we should not burden a young side with too much expectation, it still hurt as England were beaten in a World Cup semi-final in extra time.

Both teams went on strong offensives testing each other from the onset of the match, but it was England to open the score by England's defender Kieran Trippier going just six minutes into the game.

"I reckon there's a lot we could've done better".

England's shortcomings, the fault lines that have consumed them long before the semifinal stage in previous tournaments, remain the same as ever. "Thank you, England": A simple message of gratitude from the Express, accompanied by a picture of Southgate and his players showing their appreciation to the travelling supporters.

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But despite the heartbreak, they and manager Gareth Southgate have reconnected many people with the national team.

"Everybody kept telling me, 'I'm ready".

"We are deservedly in the final", Croatia coach Dalic said. They won their first World Cup penalty shoot-out.

Lukaku would need a fantastic performance against England in the third-place play-off to nudge Kane off top spot.

This is often the World Cup's unwanted game and there is every chance, certainly as far as England is concerned, this will be used to give opportunities to those who have been so loyal in the shadows in Russian Federation.

It could also be the final act in the battle for the Golden Boot between Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.

"Hold your heads high": The Telegraph focuses on the positives of England's run and Kane's insistence that "this is just the start".

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