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

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

Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final. The scenes in Croatia's capital of Zagreb were astounding.

Graeme Souness has singled out midfield duo Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard as an example of why England are returning from the World Cup empty-handed. Prior to 2018, Croatia's best finish in the tournament was third in 1998, when Golden Boot victor Davor Šuker led Croatia past The Netherlands in the third-place match. But when England face Croatia in Russian Federation on Wednesday, there may only be a few thousand England supporters present.

In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win.

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".

Some may see this as a negative, but England's set-piece prowess is only a good thing, as they look a threat at every corner and free-kick that they get.

As they entered the second half of extra time against England with the scores level, it began to look like they would need to step up to the spot again, until Mario Mandžukić scored with 11 minutes to play.

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The Daily Telegraph said losing to Germany was "England's worst World Cup defeat".

And Southgate - god bless him - has made this abundantly clear in a World Cup campaign which brought an entire nation together.

"Soccer, for Croatians, means a lot". "It's a great honour for all the players and the supporters, and I don't think we're really aware of the scale of it just yet".

Croatia fans celebrate at the end of the semifinal match between Croatia and England, in Zagreb. England are out of the World Cup and Roy Keane is reminding everyone when they should be happy.

Croatia fans in NZ party at fulltime.

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