Former Sussex schooolboy suffers World Cup semi-final heartbreak

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Dalic said he had allowed his players to celebrate the victory on Wednesday night and was consequently unaware of the extent of any injuries in his squad.

"They played their best, it obviously wasn't to be".

"We worked as hard as we could.it hurts, it hurts a lot and it will hurt for a long time".

"I was just changing my lens as the players ran towards me", the photographer told AFP news agency later.

The game turned in overtime on two plays - one on which a defender was alert, the other on which a defender was caught napping.

Rio Ferdinand posted a heartfelt video telling the team: "You have united the country and go home as heroes".

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Coming into it, I did not really know what to expect in Russian Federation and like everyone else I was a bit anxious about what might happen.

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The skipper said detractors "should be more humble" and show greater respect after his side's 2-1 extra-time win shattered England's dreams of glory in Russian Federation.

There has been no crowd trouble involving our supporters, and I have seen no idiots in Moscow. They were saying exactly the same thing too - how great this World Cup has been, and how fantastic it has been for England.

"They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven't taken it", Reece said.

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"We are in the final". "I don't think realistically we expected to be here".

England have been eliminated from the World Cup right at the penultimate stage, and Croatia are now through to Sunday's finals instead.

That is exactly what has happened.

All the players deserve praise, but the highlight for me was the performances of Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, John Stones, Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson.

But he has done a magnificent job.

Croatia are hardly a team of no names, however, a fact that Dalic was quick to point out when asked if England had disrespected his team with their confidence before the semifinal.

In-fact, 72% of England's goals have come from set-pieces.

Meanwhile, in London, an initial wave of elation turned to heartbreak as 30,000 beer-soaked fans in Hyde Park watched their team come up short.

"Three weeks ago, there wasn't even a connection with the England football team".

"The team improved a lot in relation to previous appearances".

Alan Shearer was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan in Moscow.

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