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Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies

Kane 'gutted' as England's World Cup dream dies”

Kieran Trippier had put the Three Lions ahead in the fifth minute before Ivan Perisic levelled in the second half. "But when we pressed them it turned out that they haven't".

Gareth Southgate's men threw everything that they had at the Croatians, including - it turns out - an attempt to take advantage of a perceived rule loophole.

Perisic went extremely close to giving Croatia the lead a few minutes later but his curling shot struck the bottom of the far post and was cleared by England, who were now hanging on. He knows what to say at the right time.

The game went to extra time after neither side could find a victor in normal time, where Croatia continued their dominance. Despite the disappointment for England, The Times's expert panel was not short of some trenchant views on the country's most important night for 28 years - or to be precise 10,234 days.

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While Mourinho lamented England's inability to grab a second to kill the game off, he admitted the Perisic leveller gave Croatia "an overdose of confidence" that changed the game. We thought we were just good enough, we thought we could have done that.

The Liverpool defender, who has now reached the finals of the Champions League and the World Cup within two months, said he has proven himself to be one of the world's best defenders. "It's unlucky we couldn't bring it home for them, but hopefully there's time in the future".

"But knockout football is fine margins and when you have spells in the game and when you have chances against real quality, you've got to make them count".

"English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia and that was a huge mistake".

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Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

It means England will face Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday, instead of France in the final on Sunday, but Walker remains proud of his team-mates, and has singled out his manager for specific praise. They now have the chance to avenge that loss and become the ninth nation to win a World Cup final.

England have been knocked of the World Cup after a 2-1 semi final loss to Croatia in an epic encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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