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Croatian footballers mobbed the photographers' pit after beating England last night

Theo Walcott's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 revenge win in 2008 Theo Walcott's hat-trick helped England to a 4-1 revenge win in 2008
Stacy Diaz | 12 July, 2018, 22:26

The Three Lions were aiming to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 but suffered a 2-1 loss to Croatia, with Mario Mandzukic scoring the victor in extra-time.

Ivan Perisic equalised for Croatia after 70 minutes to force extra-time, and a goal from Mario Mandzukic at 109 minutes ended the Three Lions' hopes. One is that England progressed from a group stage exit in 2014 to a semi-final defeat in extra-time four years later.

In Gareth Southgate, England have a manager who has brought new vigor to the national team setup, and who has managed to transform a side who crashed out to minnows Iceland at Euro 2016 into World Cup semifinalists.

"Nothing he is going to say is going to make us feel any better", Kane said.

Lovren played alongside Sterling for a season at Anfield and he bore the expression of someone who had been skinned by him once or twice before in training when he was beaten in a footrace by the touchline before ultimately committing a foul on England's No.10.

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

It was suggested before the game, by Business Insider and even Croatian reporters on Federation Internationale de Football Association, that Croatia would be encumbered because of the back-to-back extra-time matches it had to play ahead of the England game.

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.

The referees clearly didn't agree with the supposed loophole, leaving England players red faced in the middle of the pitch.

He added: "We know we have done everybody proud but we wanted to go on and win it, [so] we have fallen a bit short. We got further than anyone else could thought we would have".

"The more of these tests we can come through, the better, not just for now, but moving forward".

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.

"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.

With his first worldwide goal, just over a year after his England debut, the 27-year-old Trippier joined David Beckham as the only English players since 1966 to score on free kicks at the World Cup.

"But it's small margins, in extra time we get a corner cleared off the line".