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England's Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup title

12 July, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Waistcoats have been flying out of the shops thanks to Gareth Southgate's sartorial elegance

At least, England looked like they were poised to get back to their first World Cup final in 50 years and give the players a chance to bring the trophy home to one of the most soccer-crazed countries on the planet.

"We blew our chances", 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.

Ultimately, their supporters have been England's motivation for success, and as the thousands joyfully celebrated Trippier's goal from a direct free-kick (the first from an England player since David Beckham's against Ecuador in 2006), the feeling was that the nation had rediscovered its heady passion for worldwide football, not felt in nearly thirty years.

"We worked as hard as we could.it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time". "We will go into this final to win it as we have still not gotten over the [2016] final".

Dalic, who enjoyed a solid but unspectacular career as a midfielder in Croatia, was given the national job a year ago after success as a coach in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. "The next goal by Croatia really changed the game", said Majic.

Numerous same players who led England to such success in Russian Federation this year will be returning in Qatar, with four more years' experience under their belts.

Best photos from Croatia vs. England
The fact Modric got even better when Henderson went off showed how well the Liverpool captain did. "It will come [for England ]". As the extra period started Croatia struggled to maintain their intense pressure but continued to threaten the England defence.

He said in a video on Twitter: "Look we lost fine to a good team". But they have not only written the opening chapters of their new history, but a blueprint for the generation that will follow them.

England have set a record for the most set-piece goals at a World Cup since 1966. "For us, it was impressive to watch a team such as the English, that is so strong physically, and they couldn't keep up anymore, and we did have that energy".

But England Manager Gareth Southgate has said he's proud of what they've achieved and that his young players could hold their head up high.

Liverpool defender Lovren was run ragged by Kane when Tottenham thrashed Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley Stadium in October, with Kane turning him twice to score and then set up Son Heung-min before Lovren was substituted after just 31 minutes.

"That defeat is completely irrelevant", he said, with a face like thunder.

"All played out": Southgate hugs Pickford amid the mass of gloomy England players and staff, but the i Paper sport section leads on Kane's words rallying his teammates to use the experience as fuel for future tournaments. You are just nitpicking a bad performance. "It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

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