Jubilant Croatia fans revel in World Cup semi-final win over England

Utterly choked’ England mourns another heartbreaking World Cup exit

99ye England's Eric Dier and Marcus Rashford look dejected after the matc

Having gone into extra time and penalties in their previous two games ahead of Wednesday's semi-final, Modric said there was an assumption that the Croatian team would be exhausted, giving England the advantage. Before the game, Lovren was asked about Liverpool's 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur in October, when he was terrorised by Harry Kane and substituted after 31 minutes. "We dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects".

England's Marcus Rashford covers his face after losing the semi final.

'There will in time be lots of positives to take but it's too hard and too soon to put that in context. "It was a fantastic journey, we got further than anyone thought we could, we've just got to learn from it".

"We've left everything out there, you can look at the goals and the chances, but I don't think over the six or seven weeks we've been together we could've given any more".

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Trippier nearly became a hero by scoring the opening goal with a sublime free-kick before his night turned sour with the late Croatia goals and suffering a groin injury.

England started the game on the front foot but they couldn't have dreamed for a better start than the one Kieran Trippier gave them inside five minutes.

Modric told ITV after the match: "People were talking ..."

England had 11 minutes to try and equalize to force a penalty shootout, but they were unable to find a way past the Croatian defence.

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But Ivan Perisic grabbed the equaliser in the 68th minute, getting an outstretched boot to Sime Vrsaljko's cross and guiding the ball past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Perisic should have added another three minutes later when ragged defending presented him with a great shooting chance but he cannoned the ball against a post.

It was suggested before the game, by Business Insider and even Croatian reporters on Federation Internationale de Football Association, that Croatia would be encumbered because of the back-to-back extra-time matches it had to play ahead of the England game.

Vrsaljko cleared a John Stones header off the line midway through the first extra period.

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A goal in the second half from Ivan Perisic forced extra time, and Mandzukic's strike destroyed England's dream run short, as a team that surpassed expectations and has a bright future failed to really play well after the break.

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