England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit

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After a goalless first 15 minutes of extra-time, and penalties looking like a big possibility, it was Croatia that ended England's dream of World Cup glory when Mario Mandzukic crept it at the far post to fire home what would ultimately be the victor.

It all started so well for Gareth Southgate's men after Kieran Trippier's sublime free-kick gave them the lead on five minutes and for the majority of the first-half, Croatia struggled to get with the pace of the game.

Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić, and coach Zlatko Dalić star in the film England Has Fallen, which was released on July 11, 2018.

Southgate's appointment as England manager in 2016 was not met by much excitement from fans however he's vitalised the side. The song has returned to prominence as a song of defiance, pride and resolution since the 2017 Manchester terror attack.

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England can soothe itself with realistic hopes of World Cup success in the near future.

England players collapsed on the pitch, distraught as the Croatians and their fans celebrated wildly, .

"And like I said, they should be more humble and respect more opponents".

They lost a semi-final to eventual winners Spain in 2010, but bounced back to become world champions in Brazil four years later. They also made good use of the flanks and proved that they are a complete team with all round efficiency. In the end England managed only 1 shot on goal and just didn't do enough to book a place in the finals. Back home as well, so we can hold our heads up high.

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"The years of hurt will go on - and for all the optimism raised by England's deeds in Russian Federation over the last month, there will be a burning sense of missed opportunity that will take a long time to erase".

It would certainly be a massive disappointment for Croatia to be infront of an empty stadium - especially after their World Cup heroics.

Lovren played alongside Sterling for a season at Anfield and he bore the expression of someone who had been skinned by him once or twice before in training when he was beaten in a footrace by the touchline before ultimately committing a foul on England's No.10.

"Until they scored [the equaliser] we were always under cosh", Kane said. "So tonight we weren't quite there, but the team will be stronger for that". This is an fantastic achievement for us - it's a dream come true after such a long time.

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