Former Sussex schooolboy suffers World Cup semi-final heartbreak

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Even before his goal, Mandzukic had spent some minutes on the turf after a collision with England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and an agonising attack of cramp left him once again prone on the pitch in the wake of his decisive strike. It was an opportunity lost.

Southgate said: "At the moment we all feel the pain of the defeat".

"But equally we want to be a team that's hitting quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals - that was what we've aimed to do in the long term and we've proved that is possible".

"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

This is the second personal tweet to come from Prince William during England's incredible World Cup run; after their impressive 2-0 win against Sweden last week, the future King allowed himself to dream and say those three small words that have been the country's mantra in recent weeks.

It was the first time England have ever won a shootout at a World Cup!

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I said this in the group stages and I'm thinking, quarter-finals England will get knocked out. No-one believed before the World Cup that we could go this far, but we believed.

History in Turin 28 years ago had its echo in Moscow on Wednesday (NZT Thursday).

In Russia, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play.

Some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them.

England learned that in its opening game against Tunisia.

Tottenham striker Kane started the tournament in impressive form scoring six goals in his first four matches. But they gave us pride - and brought the whole nation together": "The Mail uses its front page to focus on the impact England's success at the World Cup has had beyond the world of football. The fans were incredible, " Kane said. And I think we need to take full credit for that because we've changed that. "It's going to hurt for a while, of course, but we can hold our heads up high".

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