England cop $70,000 fine after World Cup loss

England cop $70,000 fine after World Cup loss

Playing in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, England took a fifth-minute lead through Kieran Trippier's superb free-kick.

In case you've been living under a rock for the last 12 hours, you'll be aware that England's World Cup dream is over after they were beaten 2-1 by Croatian in extra time.

Croatia could hardly believe it after Mario Mandzukic found the back of the net in extra time to defeat England in the Fifa World Cup semifinals.

England´s forward Harry Kane (L) and England´s coach Gareth Southgate react after losing the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

"Until they scored [the equaliser] we were always under cosh", Kane said. "Extra time, I knew it was on the cards we weren't going to win that".

Indeed, after getting to the tournament's final four, after reversing a frightful penalty shootout history, in its round-of-16 win over Colombia, there's a sense of optimism in England about this young, talented and appealing team.

Croatia was supposed to be a exhausted team coming into the match.

Croatia started the find their range as the second half wore on and Perisic levelled for Croatia in the 68th minute, nipping ahead of Kyle Walker to steer home Sime Vrsaljko's cross past a diving Jordan Pickford.

England now play with little or no stage fright and the team is free of the inter-club rivalries that plagued the Three Lions in the past. "We have had a fantastic journey, further than we thought", he added.

"We should kill the game even before extra time, and this is an unbelievable achievement for us".

'It's time to hold our heads high as a nation and be proud of each other. It wasn't easy, but I think we were physically ready.

England players were inconsolable at the final whistle as it began to sink in that the World Cup was not "coming home" and Balotelli appeared to revel in their misery.

"We can confirm that a report has been filed through the anti-discrimination monitoring system in relation to chants of a possible discriminatory nature by English fans at yesterday's match", a statement read.

Talk about the potential rule loophole started after Portugal's Jose Fonte strangely chose to stay in the field of play while the rest of his team celebrated Cristiano Ronaldo's equaliser against Spain off the pitch.

Hazard shone at times but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Manchester United striker Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.

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