England coming home after semi-final defeat

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And while the young Lions - tied with Les Bleus as the greenest in the whole tournament - barely threatened for most of the next hour, it felt like Trippier's early strike would hold up against a exhausted team that had played nearly another full match in winning its first two knockout games from the penalty spot.

"We lived the dream".

And Perisic said: "It was a very hard game, we all know what at stake, how important a semifinal is for a small country like Croatia. So it's been great", she said, laughing. "We'll be flying the flag on Saturday".

Crowds gathered in London's Hyde Park, Millennium Square in Leeds, Nottingham Castle, Birmingham's Archway outdoor cinema - and even Los Angeles.

Most England fans were gracious in defeat, with one fan saying "Croatia was the better team" on the way out.

The 23-man England squad, which has an average age of just over 26 and was the tournament's third youngest, had the hopes and expectations of a nation on their shoulders.

England looked well on their way to Sunday's finale against France early on against Croatia.

Within the first five minutes, English fans were given cause for celebration when Kieran Trippier scored a free kick, giving his side a dream 1-0 lead.

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Some threw drinks to the ground and stormed out of Ashton Gate Stadium, though some struck a more conciliatory tone. "So I chose to build a pub", Lewis said.


"The first half was wonderful and the second half was bad". The players and all of the staff, they have to be proud.

"They have done so well".

"Croatia came on strong and they have some outstanding players and some huge experience". "We have to play as if it's the first game of the tournament".

Supporters at Birmingham's Archway outdoor cinema screen broke into applause for Southgate's team within a minute of the final whistle.

The Croatian team is now set to face off the French squad in the final match of the football championship in Russian Federation at the Luzhniki Stadium on July 15 at 6:00 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT).

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

"That speaks volumes in itself".

They find it amusing to routinely give Sterling the lowest mark, when given the chance to rate the England players' performances.

While semi-final tickets remained relatively affordable before the game, going for between £300 and £800 from touts and online resellers, the market for final tickets was already at several times face value.

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