Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'

We can hold our heads up high.

The Inter winger was named FIFA Man of the Match after a goal and an assist for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in extra time, as they fought back from a Kieran Trippier free kick to beat England 2-1 in extra time.

"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half, bottle jobs". We'd love to see them!

The Juventus forward scored the victor in the 109th minute to send the tiny country of just 4 million people to their first-ever World Cup final, and couldn't say enough about the historic achievement after the match. Look at the fans tonight, there was a lump in my throat watching the fans applaud us at the end.

Reiss Malone, 33, said: "Overall you've got to look at it, and to get to the semis is a massive achievement and it could be our time in four years".

"70 minutes we battered them".

"We have to be pragmatic and we have to be realistic", French manager Didier Deschamps said ahead of England vs. Croatia, according to ESPN.

Parv Moondi, 49, form Norwich, was also among those trudging out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow.

"So I chose to build a pub", Lewis said.

"We lived the dream".

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be". There will in time be positives to take, it's very hard now to put that into context, it's a bit too soon, really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit.

"We had our flights booked for next Monday - we booked two flights, we weren't that optimistic, we have flights tomorrow as well".

The Croatians become the smallest nation to contest the World Cup final since Uruguay, who won the tournament in 1950 when the nation had a population of around 2.4 million.

England was last at this stage in 1990, when they lost to West Germany on penalties in that famous game when midfielder Paul Gascoigne was left in tears after being booked.

A dejected Southgate spoke after the game about the pride he felt for how far his side managed to progress and most real supporters will hope that he remains in the role for the next major tournament.

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