Southgate knew they were in it together and said the support in Russian Federation had powered England into their best position since 1990. Defender Kieran Trippier put Gareth Southgate's squad ahead just five minutes in with yet another a goal from a set piece, a direct free kick that settled into the top right corner of Danijel Subasic's net.
Ivan Perisic's equalizer in the 68th minute changed everything.
Granted, Croatia are no strangers to chasing the game. Suddenly, England looked like the exhausted ones. England midfielder Dele Alli came to chat to fans who had stayed behind and Raheem Sterling posed for selfies.
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Both of his goals came from set-plays, and given he is averaging 0.29 xG per 90 minutes, he can be expected to get at least one chance in this game.
Haris Medunjanin scored a pretty goal and Cory Burke netted twice, and the Union won a wild, back-and-forth 4-3 draw win over the Fire on Wednesday.
Even in penalties, you wouldn't have counted this England team out.
He also said there was no need for him to give his team-mates any tips on England's players, as they were all well aware of who they are up against.
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It was the plucky South Americans' second World Cup title, with the first coming on home soil in the inaugural edition in 1930. For England, the end still felt premature. It just hurts. It shows we can win knockout games; the next stage is to go one further. But big football powers won't all be as weak together for a long time, you'd suspect.
"England should improve. Young, hungry team". They're a likable group with a likable manager, and they can really play. "Massive opportunity lost for England tonight", English said.
But the cold hard truth is that England squandered its chance to reach the final.
After watching their team stumble at major tournaments for decades, often falling to much smaller nations, England supporters had begun to think that 2018 might be a different story.
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Four thousand spectators fled in search of pubs, while others huddled around screens within the grounds. England could play the final as they have reached the semi-finals.
History in Turin had its echo in Moscow on Wednesday, and England's scorer 28 years ago, Gary Lineker, was at the Luzhniki Stadium to see it.