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This Is the Most Tender Photo of the World Cup So Far

Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his penalty in the shoot-out win over Russia Luka Modric celebrates after scoring his penalty in the shoot-out win over Russia
Kristopher Love | 12 July, 2018, 20:41

Croatia lost that encounter 2-1 before going on to secure bronze - until Wednesday their best performance at a global finals.

Against England, Croatia rebounded from the early concession to level matters through Ivan Perisic's 68-minute strike.

Southgate was reluctant to draw any positives from England's World Cup experience so soon after the crushing loss to Croatia, but said there obviously were many high points and pointed to a bright future for his young, talented squad after their success in Russian Federation.

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The English national team struck first scoring on a curling free kick in the 5th minute by the boot of Kieran Trippier that sent fans back home into a frenzy.

Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue.

England will play Belgium in the third-place match on Saturday, so there's still a chance that Southgate and the team won't walk away totally empty-handed. We're taking it step by step.

"We take it on the chin, we move on".

Laura Grimes, of Cambridge University Press, said: "The huge amount of language data we've collected and analysed gives us fascinating insight into the mood surrounding the World Cup".

He said: "What was it two crosses two goals?" We have two days to prepare.

"I'm still heartbroken and never felt so gutted".

"I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat", he told reporters.

"We lived the dream". He said: "I'm gutted".

The disappointment of the country's 2-1 defeat to Croatia continues to be tempered by the belief among Gareth Southgate's squad that they made eye-catching progress at the tournament.

"Tonight was a wonderful opportunity for us and you can't guarantee that those opportunities will come again", he added.