How the British media reacted to England's World Cup exit

Marsha Scott
July 13, 2018

Neil Ashton is joined by Matt Dickinson and Jeremy Cross to reflect on England's World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.on the latest World Cup Supplement. The scenes in Croatia's capital of Zagreb were astounding.

Still, with England fielding the second-youngest squad all around at the World Cup this year, there's plenty for Southgate to take pride in. 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.

Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit.

"I'd be amazed if we didn't learn in the next few days he's (Kane) been carrying an injury since the Colombia game", Neville said on ITV.

Generating vast support from fans at home, England's tournament restored some much-needed faith in the football team's ability to generate positivity, and good-feeling.

"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters.

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"They want to be involved in scoring the goals and getting on the end of things". But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

Katich said the World Cup had brought an already-close Croatian community even closer together. I don't realistically think any of us did.

Finishing third would also be the Belgians best ever result at a World Cup.

Croatia fans in NZ party at fulltime.

Playing a 3-5-2 formation and emphasising moving the ball quickly through the centre, England were a revelation at this World Cup, breaking their penalty curse against Colombia and strolling past Sweden to reach the last four.

"Maybe (that was) a outcome of being ahead and being the least experienced team in the tournament with the chance to get to a World Cup final", he added.

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