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Gareth Southgate says England shed is 'a hard place'

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Former Sussex schoolboy Gareth Southgate suffered World Cup semi-final heartbreak after his England team lost 2-1 after extra-time against Russian Federation.

England's Kieren Trippier scored an early goal in the 5th, giving the Three Lions a strong lead.

Mario Mandzukic struck late in extra-time to seal Croatia's first ever appearance in a World Cup final.

"England have reason to cry because they were so close to [reaching the World Cup final], but they have also have reason to be optimistic", the Mourinho told RT.

"It was a tough game, a 50-50 game, I'm sure we'll look back at stuff we could have done better but we worked as hard as we could".

Croatia have now played in three straight matches that went to extra time.

"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say". "We worked hard defensively, we needed to take advantage a bit more in the counter-attacks but congratulations to my players and my staff", he said, according to Reuters.

Technically not a moment on the pitch but we just needed to dedicate a section to England manager Gareth Southgate's waistcoats.

While we didn't see Southgate plop down on the field to mourn the loss like some of his players did, photographers did capture an extremely touching post-game moment he shared with his wife Alison in the stands. But they gave us pride - and brought the whole nation together": "The Mail uses its front page to focus on the impact England's success at the World Cup has had beyond the world of football.

England had only ever played there once (a 2-1 defeat to Russian Federation back in 2007), and it seems like the curse / losing streak is destined to continue for the time being.

Numerous photos show the players embracing Southgate.

The two sides must pick themselves up and dust themselves down after suffering the crushing disappointment of semi-final defeats to play for the modest prize of third place in a fixture often criticised as pointless.

In terms of team news, Thomas Meunier will return after missing the semi-final through suspension - but no injury problems have been reported.

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