England boss Gareth Southgate

England’s match in Moscow on Wednesday night will be for a place in the World Cup final against France on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium, but Southgate believes his side will not face an easy route to get there. They should be extremely proud.

Three Lions had been the soundtrack to the summer, with supporters optimistically rejoicing in the chorus of “It’s Coming Home”. Croatia toughed it out in an extra-time thriller against England to reach the final for the first time in their history as an independent country.

But Croatia came alive in the second half, first scoring on a header in the 68th minute by Ivan Perisic to level the match and take the game to extra time.

A $100 bet on England would net you a $200 profit if they were to win in regulation, but keep in mind that England just played an extra 30 minutes and has a day’s less rest.

He has, however, noted the set-piece threat posed by Gareth Southgate’s men. “We can go from strength-to-strength and have a great Euro 2020”.

“The first half was not good for us”.

He said on Twitter: “Thank you to our awesome YOUNG team”.

And while defeat is a huge disappointment, many people have marked the occasion by celebrating the historic showing by Gareth Southgate’s team.

“Cro no”: A slightly freakish pun adorns the Star’s back page alongside an image of Southgate consoling Pickford after England’s “extra-time agony”.

“You’ve brought belief and the love of football back. Now I want to go and see what’s going on in Russian Federation”, said one fan, Michael Roberts, 27, as he waited for his flight.

At that stage the victory was still up in the air, and Schofield tweeted: “What will we do @thismorning”.

Hurting England players helped console their heartbroken supporters in the stands as their World Cup dream came to a cruel end. At the England end, fans stayed singing and congratulating the team for some time after the final whistle.

“I’ve got the utmost respect for him – he’s been banging goals in for Spurs for several seasons – but he’s not alone, his team-mates play at top clubs, so it will be hard”.

“I spent 1,500 quid to watch two teams I don’t like!”

Russian Federation is staging its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14.

Beckett posted several messages expressing his dismay about England’s defeat, saying he was so upset he could barely speak, felt sick and was going to eat his chair.

Kylian Mbappe's cheeky backheel one of the World Cup's best plays