Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak

Regrets mixed with pride as England fans digest World Cup heartbreak

England's largest travelling support of the tournament so far, estimated before the game to be up to 10,000, were in full voice throughout, urging their young Lions on. "I rooted for Croatia wearing the Croatian jersey", said Perisic, who came through the youth teams in France with Sochaux.

The Juventus striker finally limped off utterly exhausted six minutes from time but promised unstinting effort on Sunday to bring the World Cup back to the nation of some four million people. "I'm so proud, a big victory for all of us!" said Fran Kulic, 23, celebrating with friends in downtown Zagreb. It will be a really hard task to assess everybody over the next 24 hours and get them mentally back to where we want them to be for a game like that, but that will be the challenge. "I think France are going to win overall, that's my prediction". The 26-years-old went off during the seventh minute of their extra-time.

With England's progression to the semi-finals of the World Cup, streams and physical downloads of the song have increased significantly as the country basks in World Cup fever. What a night! A huge video wall was set up in the historic city and the broadcast was followed by thousands, they sat on the floor, on walls, in stands, hung from windows. You don't get that reaction if you haven't played as well as you have.

'In the long run I'm sure it saves him sitting in class at school in five years time with ten Gareth's and ten Harry's in his class'.

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It was the third consecutive match that Croatia have won after being forced into extra time.

"Then they asked me if I was OK". It is the first time in our lifetime that we have seen a semi final.

Despite failing to make the most of arguably their best chance of reaching the final since 1966, British media hailed the team as heroes with Mirror Sport declaring them "National Treasures", while the Daily Mail saluted their efforts.

The iconic football song has become the anthem for England's 2018 World Cup bid, but it has a very different meaning to their football manager, who is famed for missing a crucial penalty in Euro 1996.

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