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Fans in Moscow devastated after England knocked out by Croatia

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Christian Williams in Southgate Road ready for tonight's semi-final clash

"I'm anxious, but I've got my fingers crossed", said 27-year-old Charlie Conroy as the clock ticked away.

Earlier the spokeswoman said May had been effusive in her praise for Southgate, who has won plaudits for his leadership, grace under pressure and intelligence. He was the dominant coach in that game today. But it is a massive difference to being a good understander of the game and being a good tactician.

That did not change after we were knocked out, either.

England forward Marcus Rashford offered heartfelt praise to manager Southgate.

Croatia's dominance of the game grew as time wore on.

The Croats needed extra-time and penalties for the second successive knockout game, beating Russian Federation last time, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them tire at some point in this game.

France has been one of the most complete sides in the tournament, topping Belgium in the semifinal round. But Mario Mandžukić's goal in the 109th minute settled matters. The ESPN FC crew were impressed with Croatia's approach.

As on Wednesday after the match, Dalic pointed out that Croatia did not have a stadium suitable to host England in the new Nations League later this year, an issue that he viewed as proof of the extraordinary feat he had orchestrated. "He was fearless to start with and said to his two wide players to stay up the field with Mandzukic".

England lost much of their first-half momentum after the break.

With Trippier and Ashley Young under pressure, England's midfield began to be stretched with Jordan Henderson taking on an unmanageable workload and Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli more preoccupied with helping out the defenders than asking questions of Croatia's backline.

"Three things disappointed me from England today", Burley concluded.

Dalic was asked by global reporters if his side would be exhausted for Sunday's final against France after playing extra-time for a third straight match - just as British journalists asked him if they would be exhausted after two lots of extra-time before the semi-final.

But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russian Federation. There will in time be positives to take, it's very hard now to put that into context, it's a bit too soon, really, because I think you have to suffer the result a little bit.

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