English newspapers celebrate World Cup Team after heartbreaking loss

English newspapers celebrate World Cup Team after heartbreaking loss

Croatia's 2-1 win over England in extra time Wednesday night in Moscow made it the first team ever to go extra time in three straight World Cup matches.

The population is expected to descend on pubs and beer gardens across the country in support of Gareth Southgate and the Three Lions and drink an extra 10 million beers, the British Beer and Pub Association said. Did we expect to be in this position?

"I think that's absolutely fantastic".

"Twenty years ago I was back at home in my hometown and I rooted for Croatia wearing the Croatia jersey", Perisic said. Factor in injury time and successive shootout wins over Denmark and Russian Federation, and Croatia has just played the equivalent of 4½ matches in 11 days.

Kane won't be short of motivation when England play Croatia, but Lovren's social media activity could have fuelled his fire.

Asked how he would avoid the song, Southgate added: "I would just walk out of the room, it is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time but involved some hard moments as well".

What a journey it has been.

They faced Colombia, Sweden and Croatia in the knockout phase, all good teams but none of them a traditional power like Germany or Italy or Brazil, let alone France or Uruguay.

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The Croatian squad tied the score late into the second half after its striker Ivan Perisic put the ball into the net of the opponents.

Faced with another 30 minutes of battle Southgate addressed his players once more, going first to John Stones and then to Ashley Young, Kane, Kyle Walker and Jordan Henderson.

It is defined by what he achieved in this insane, bone-dry summer of 2018, and by what he has suddenly made seem possible.

Now England and Belgium meet again in the match no one wants to play in.

For Southgate and his team it continues way beyond that.

Asked how far he thought the still young England team could progress in the next World Cup, he said: "This far, if not the final".

Yes, the conclusion had a familiar ring - but there was enough that was fresh and hopeful for the future that England's World Cup can be judged as a success.

The clock is already counting down, but it does so now with a far greater sense of goal and with Southgate and his players moving forward as one.

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